The Police in Imo State has explained that the cause traffic Gridlock witnessed in the city was as a result blockade by the Nigeria Police Force, Imo State Command
The police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, said it barricaded Owerri, the state capital, to forestall possible clash between the members of the People Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress, an action which cause huge traffic gridlock in the state capital.
He said, “We barricaded the town because we don’t want protesting PDP members to clash with APC members or for hoodlums to hijack the protest. We are being proactive instead of being reactive. The police do not want any bloodshed.
“The PDP members have the right under the law to protest peacefully but we do not want anybody to hijack it or threaten the peace of the state,” adding that the situation could turn worse should APC members also take to the streets.
Meanwhile the People’s Democratic Party members in Imo State on Sunday shut down Owerri, the state capital, in protest over the removal of Emeka Ihedioha by the Supreme Court and the declaration of Hope Uzodinma as the duly elected governor of the state
This is even as security operatives including policemen and army officers took over the nooks and crannies of the state to maintain law and order.
Adorned in black attires, the PDP members paraded the state capital, calling on the apex court as well as the jurists that presided on the Tuesday’s verdict which sacked Ihedioha, to revisit their judgment.
The dissatisfied party members said that the protest would persist if the apex court refused to revisit the matter.
Nwawuba, who was first elected into the House of Representatives in 2015, said.” I am a Lawmaker and I believe that the Supreme Court must redeem the judiciary. Since the judgment was delivered, the state has become a graveyard (and) this is unlike what was happening when PDP was holding sway.
Also, the PDP Women Leader in the state, Maria Mbakwe, who burst into tears while speaking to journalists, said that women in the state are devastated with the verdict.
She said,” I have never seen this kind of injustice since over 50 years I have been in Imo State. Imo women in the market and all over the state are crying. We are begging the Supreme Court justices to revisit the matter. We know that they are human beings and they can make a mistake.”