By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
The People Edjeba Community Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State on Saturday September 23, blocked the “B” Division of the Nigeria Police Force in protest against an alleged imposition of a councillorship candidate, Marcus Udoyo on them by the member representing the people of Warri South Constituency I in the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Dennis Omovie.
AUTHENTIC News Daily gathered that the protesters comprised of youth, men and women.
The protests followed the arrest of three chiefs, Isaac Ugo, Godday
Onotor and one other in the community by the Police on alleged threat to the life of the lawmaker in a petition after they were invited to a meeting.
The protesters chanted solidarity songs, matched through major streets in Okumagba layout before venting their anger on the Police.
The protesters who bore placards with inscriptions such as,”PDP Edjeba Ward say no to imposition of councillorship candidate”, “We need peace in Edjeba Community. No to Oga say”,” We have elected our councillor in Edjeba” are saying Patrick Oghonemu is their candidate who emerged winner at a keenly contested primary election which held on Wednesday.
The Edjeba people threatened to resist the councillorship candidate
with the last drop of the blood saying Hon. Dennis Omovie cannot
continue to intimidate them with police.
The protesters called on the Delta State Governor, Sen, Arthur
Ifeanyi Okowa to prevail on Hon. Dennis Omovie to stop intimidating them with police as well as imposing any councillorship candidate on them.
Speaking on behalf of the people, Hon. Dafe Ikpuri claimed that the
lawmaker,Hon. Dennis Omovie asked them to support and vote the imposed candidate in the forthcoming Local Government Elections which they refused.
According to him, “three of our chiefs were arrested because of the
matter based on a petition by Our leader.
“We are saying No to the imposition of candidate by Dennis Omovie. Let Our votes count,” he stated.
The Divisional Police Officer,”B” Division, CSP Anieteh Eyoh while
addressing the protesters stated that the police are only taking
statements from the accused stressing that, “We have not arrested
anybody” as he invited the protesters to a meeting.