Twenty-four hours after the Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission (ANSIEC) postponed the conduct of local government elections, angry youths comprising mainly of candidates for chairmanship and councillorship elections from various political parties in the 21 LGAs of the state stormed Government House, Awka yesterday to demand for reversal of the directive for the shift in the exercise from October 5 to December 14, this year.
The group, Movement for the Conduct of Local Government Elections in Anambra State, embarked on peaceful protests and carried placards to while express dismay over the postponement of the elections.
The members who could not see the governor, Mr. Peter Obi, one of its members, whom they claimed was aware of the visit but chose to stay away.
The angry but peaceful demonstrators were eventually addressed by the Special Adviser on Political Matters, Sir Godfrey Muotolu who told them that the governor was not equally happy with the said postponement of the local government elections by ANSIEC without recourse to the state government.
The group later marched peacefully from government house to Aroma through ANSIEC route, singing songs and making unprintable statements in castigation of the government and ANSIEC
Earlier in his address, the leader of the group, Comrade Osita Obi said that the movement informed the governor of its coming and expressed dismay that the state chief executive shunned them.
He stated that the candidates have been milked dry before the postponement, adding millions of naira were spent by the candidate with each chairmanship candidate paid N200,000 while councillorship candidate paid N50,000 as party nomination fee, stressing that tax clearance fee was paid to the tune of N180,000 for each candidate