SENATOR, HOUSE LEADER BOOED, CHASED AWAY BY ANGRY CONSTITUENTS
LEGISREPORTS NG – The youths of Ekiugbo-Iyede community, Isoko North Local Government at the weekend expressed their emotions by booing and chasing with stones and pebbles Senator James Manager, a representative of Delta South, and some other members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while on a visit to “thank the people for voting for PDP in previous elections”.
The team comprised of Leo Ogor, Isoko representative in the House of Representatives, Joe Ogeh, the Isoko representative on Delta State Oil producing Areas Development Commission board, (DESOPADEC), the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ovourzoire Macaulay, and Tim Owhefere, starting their visit from Ozoro to Ellu, Ofagbe, Okpe-Isoko and then to Otor-Iyede where they were warmly received by the thousands of supporters comprising of women and youths.
PDP LEADERS ARE THIEVES, EKUIGBO-IYEDE YOUTHS INSIST
The story was however different at Ekuigbo-Iyede. The delegates were received instead by protesters shouting Thieves!!! Thieves!!! Thieves!!!, with hurls of stones and pebbles from the protesters who also carried placards with inscriptions like “PDP LEADERS,YOU ARE DISAPPOINTMENTS”, “STOP DECEIVING US”.
A protester speaking the mind of others expressed his disappointment because according to him, the same politicians have spent many years in government, yet failed to improve the lot of their people.
“Every year they come to dole pittance to us when they know election is near. Ogor, for instance, has been in Abuja for nearly 16 years and yet no development. Tim Owhefere (representing Isoko North) is also in his second term, yet no state or federal presence here. Today, they came and gave us N500, 000 to say thank you; how long is that going to last us?” he asked.
The police had to be called to the rescue when the protesters went wild and started throwing pure water sachets and sticks at the politicians. At the arrival of the police, fire was opened in the market square to disperse the protesters.
Speaking on the incidence, Macaulay attributed the reaction of the people to money, saying: “Is there any society that if I throw N100, 000 up there wouldn’t be crisis?”
Ogor, who is believed to be the object of the anger, said: “There is bound to be some disagreement in all situations of this nature; you can’t run away from the reality of that. When you have 100 percent acceptability, you know there’s something wrong. But as good leaders saddled with the responsibility of moving Isoko forward, we would hear SOME OF THOSE VOICES and be able to meet them at their points of need.”
“Because politics is all about resource sharing, probably they are not satisfied with the level of distribution of resources.”
This report was prepared by our reporter in Asaba.