A visibly angry group, on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 sealed-off the entrance to Government House, Asaba protesting after what they described as used and dumped after working to deliver Ifeanyi Okowa as Governor of Delta State.
The group which calls itself Delta Political Vanguard, sponsored by Michael Diden swarmed the gate to Government House carrying placards and carrying freshly plucked leaves from plants.
Even as almost all of them were furious, agitated and seethed with anger, they insisted on having audience with Governor Okowa or no one else to ask him why they should be abandoned after working hard in the Delta Central Senatorial District to deliver him as Governor of Delta State.
The agitators numbering about 30 men and women, with more of their colleagues still being expected, some of their placards read: “The group that delivered you cannot boast of any empowerment as at today,” “We want monkey we work make it chop.”
The angry members were full of lamentations over the turn of events in their lives that has given the lie to promises made to them by their leaders in PDP.
One of them whose name could not be easily known said:“They promised us prosperity for all Deltans but we have been abandoned. Our youths have not been trained, we have not benefitted from Okowa’s administration. We wan monkey to chop after e don work.”
It took the deft handling of the situation by an Assistant commissioner of police to get the agitators to agree to leave the Government House gate.
The understanding was that Governor Okowa will come to speak to them today, Wednesday, 15, 2017. The protesters insisted and listed the names of those that must be at the meeting with Governor Okowa. The gave their names as: Hon. Micheal Diden aka Ejele, the Secretary to State Government, Mr. Festus Ovie Agas and Hon. Wellington, a senior special assistant (political) to the governor.
They criticized the attitude of the SSG who they said “does not identify with the grassroots. “We want to be recognized and rewarded for the work we did.