OrderPaperToday– A protest by some “concerned Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth group” on Friday turned sour after a fight broke among protesters over payment for services rendered.
A group of people had converged at the entrance of the National Assembly (NASS) to protest against a recent supreme court judgment which removed Mr. Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (APC) and declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the authentic winner of Imo governorship election but ended up engaging in a fight among themselves instead.
The protesters, mostly young men and women in their early 20s, were dressed in black, chanting “Supreme court is fraud”; “We must save our democracy”; “The judiciary under the APC government is a failure.”
They also carried different placards with inscriptions like, “Presidency and Judiciary murders (sic) Democracy.”
The protest which started out peaceful soon turned violent when some of them started attacking their sponsors; a man and a lady dressed in PDP regalia, for failing to “give them their money.”
An attempt by OrderPaper to do a video recording of the scene was rebuffed by some of the protesters who threatened to physically assault our correspondent if she did not stop.
However, some of them agreed to speak to our correspondent on their grouse on condition of anonymity.
One of them disclosed, “You see, that woman over there (pointing across) came to meet us in our area, all of us live in the same area (didn’t mention the area anyway) and told us to come and do work for them and that they would pay us and now they are trying to play us. PDP is a ‘bad’ party, they would never win, I swear.”
Another member of the group even asked for financial assistance for transport fare.
She said, “The people that brought us here are there, one of them just entered the car that he is going to bring money for us and since then, we didn’t see him again. Please aunty, joke apart, they never give us our money and I never eat since morning. You see, I don’t even have transport to go home so if you go help me, aunty please.”
Corroborating the story of others, one lady among them explained further, “All of us are living in the same area and they told us to wear ‘black and black’ and they promised to pay us two thousand (N2000) each if we finish our job and now they abandoned us here (National Assembly entrance).”
Earlier, the leader of the group, Mr. Hassan Garba, condemned the Supreme Court judgment in totality, saying it was robbery against his party and the people of Imo State.
“We don’t accept that judgement by Supreme Court which removed our candidate, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha and put Senator Hope Uzodinma of APC. Something must be done to save our democracy.”