Ekweremadu’s kinsmen plan protest to N/Assembly


Constituents from the District of the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu have threatened to lead a protest to the National Assembly, over what they described as the continuous marginalisation of their autonomous community by the lawmaker.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja yesterday, leader of Mgbowo Youth Progressive Organisation in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Humphrey Onyima, said despite the fact that the community which is one of the biggest in Enugu West Senatorial District, produces some of the highest number of votes, the Deputy President of the Senate has not used his office to attract developmental projects to the place.

He said: “We wish to state categorically that our next line of action is a march on the National Assembly to address our grievances.

Senator Ekweremadu is representing Enugu West Senatorial District , while Hon. Tobi Okechukwu represents Awgu, Aninri, Oji River Federal Constituency of Enugu State.

“Sidelining Mgbowo community from 2003 till date is unacceptable. Take a look at the 2017 budget, you will see a determined effort to reduce Mgbowo community to the lowest end. All attracted projects are either sited in Aninri, Ekweremadu community or in Ugbo, Tobi Okechukwu community.”

When contacted, the Special Adviser Media to the Deputy President of the Senate, Mr. Uche Anichukwu, said the office would not dignify Onyima and his puppeteers with a response as, according to him, “it is not every kind of rain that a wise man bothers to remove his wares from”.

He said: “Onyima is on his own. There are 81 Electoral Wards in Enugu West of which Mgbowo is one ward.

“ Ask him if he is aware that Ekweremadu attracted solar-powered street lighting to Mgbowo and a library to Girls Secondary School in Mgbowo?

“Is he aware that over a hundred Mgbowo indigenes have benefitted from and are still in school today courtesy of Ikeoha Scholarship Foundation?

“Is he aware that Ekweremadu has facilitated the appointment of many Mgbowo indigenes into the federal civil service and federal parastatals and that he, in fact, facilities the appointment of Mgbowo indigenes as heads of federal government agencies?

“Is he aware that several Mgbowo indigenes have political appointments today courtesy of Ikeoha, including Engr Ikechukwu Azi?


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