UMUAHIA— Yesterday, tension erupted in Mgboko, the administrative center of the Obingwa council area of Abia State, as women and youths of the council organized a protest march calling for the removal of Chief Michael Ibe Nwoke, the council chairman, due to alleged nonperformance.
They exhorted the council members to use every legal option at their disposal to oust Nwoke from office.
Over 1,000 women and young people participated in the protest, holding signs that read, among other things, “Michael Ibe Nwoke as ALGON chairman dismissed LGA workers; resign and go back to your Business.”
Hon. Ijeoma Ngozi, the protesting women’s leader, claimed that the chairman had repeatedly abused the authority granted to him to run the council’s activities.
She said: “It’s barely five months to the end of his tenure,but he has not done any meaningful thing for our people. We don’t have an office here as women , everywhere has been converted to tricycle confiscation centres.
“Thugs are everywhere seizing tricycles, collecting N40,000 each from them. All we see everyday are thugs harassing residents and business people with no meaningful development. We’re tired of watching our children being used for violence.”
On his part, leader of the youths,Mr. Christian Nwachukwu, said the youths have passed a vote of no confidence on Nwoke and want him removed from office.
He said: “Chief Michael Ibe Nwoke has been insulting everybody and we’re tired of him. When he was ALGON Chairman, he was quarrelling with his colleagues. We’ve discovered that almost all the buildings in the LGA secretariat are dilapidated and nothing is working at all. Look at how grasses have taken over everywhere.
“He has been harassing our brothers who are tricycle riders. He has no respect for the elders of Obingwa including the Governor Okezie Ikpeazu. We call on all our leaders from the Governor to the House of Assembly to plead with the councillors to quickly remove him from office through impeachment. Enough is enough.”
Contacted over the protest, Chief Nwoke, said his only offence was defecting to the Young Progressive Party,YPP, to contest for the Obingwa/ Osisioma/ Ugwunagbo federal constituency seat in the 2023 election.
He disclosed that he has filed a suit in court restraining the councilors from removing him from office and accused the former deputy governor of the state,Chief Acho Nwakanma, of mobilizing the women and youths to protest against him.
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