Aniocha South Women Storm Government House, Demand Withdrawal of PDP Chairmanship Candidate, Sanction Against Mrakpor
Agitated women from Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State Monday stormed the Government House in Asaba, to see the governor with a strongly worded petition, demanding the withdrawal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairmanship candidature from Jude Chukwunwike Ugbah, a Senior Special Assistant to the Governor.
The women, who came in several 18-seater buses, besieged the Government House entrance in a peaceful protest, accusing Mr. Chukwunwike of allegedly assaulting a 68-year old grandmother from Ubulu-Uku, one Mrs. Patricia Odiaka.
Coming ahead the March 6, 2021 council polls in Delta State, the protesters under the aegis of Concerned Women of Aniocha South Local Government Area, displayed placards with diverse inscriptions, expressing their grievances.
In their protest letter addressed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the visibly inflamed women called for the arrest and prosecution of the PDP council chairmanship hopeful for the alleged attack on the 68-year old.
According to them, the assault on the elderly Mrs. Odiaka came in flurry of slaps and blows coming from Mr Jude Chukwunwike Ugbah and his thugs, causing her to collapse on the floor, before she was immediately rushed to the hospital in Agbor where she was revived.
The protest letter read in part: “Your Excellency, our findings revealed that Chukwunwike is a bully and cannot be entrusted with the position of local government council chairman, as such position will further empower him to visit violence on women”.
Furthermore, the protesting women also demanded sanctions against the Director General of Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency, Mrs. Amaechi Mrakpor, for aiding his sibling, Mr. Jude Ugbah in the onslaught.
“We wish to add that Aniocha South women have continuously supported and voted PDP in all elections since 1999, but we will not hesitate to withdraw our support for PDP if this matter is swept under the carpet.
“We demand justice not just for Mrs. Patricia Odiaka, but the entire Aniocha South women as injury to one is injury to all,” the letter added.
Meanwhile, a US based public affairs critic and social media commentator, Mr.
O’Manuel Akamisike has called on Governor Okowa to save his face and apply same treatment to Hon. Mrakpor and her junior brother Jude, like he meted out on a similar offender, Chief Friday Eluro, also a Senior Special Assistant to the Governor.