The socio-economic activites of Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State Capital were yesterday brought to a halt when supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ebonyi State chapter staged a one million man march in support of President Goodluck Jonathan and her governorship candidate, Chief Dave Umahi for March 28 and April elections.
The march which started off from the Peoples Club Resort, Abakaliki with posters and banners of President Jonathan and that of the PDP governorship candidate, Chief Dave Umahi, visibly displayed.
The supporters who endorsed Governor Martin Elechi’s impeachment alleging that the governor was the responsible of the political crisis because of his “solitary and archaic” style of administration.
The PDP observed that they were in support of Elechi’s impeachment and urged that the State House of Assembly should be allowed to discharge their constitutional duties and functions without fear or favour.
Addressing the protesters chairman of media and Publicity of Divine Mandate Campaign Organization of Umahi, Senator Emmanuel Onwe urged the youths to confront the dangers of oppression, injustice. Onwe stated that the rally was a solidarity march for Jonathan, assuring the President that the people of the state would deliver him overwhelmingly and all other PDP candidates in the state.
Meanwhile, the Organized Labour in the state have commence on indefinite strike over the non implementation of N18,OOO Minimum Wage and payment of September 2011 salary by the State government.
A release signed by the Chairman, Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Comrade Ikechukwu Nwafor and made available to newsmen, the organized Labour accused the government of unwillingness to meet its demands.
“Following Ebonyi State government’s unwillingness to meet up with the demands of the organized labour with respect to implementation of the submitted report of the Committee that revisited the Table of the Ebonyi State Civil/Public Service Salary Structure and September 2011 withheld Salaries, the organized Labour in Ebonyi State hereby declares an indefinite strike effect from Tuesday 10th March, 2015.
”Accordingly, all Civil/Public Service Workers in Ebonyi State employment, Local Government Employees and Teachers are directed to proceed on indefinite strike until Government meets up with our demands. Consequently, workers are mandated to stay in their homes and await further directives from the leadership of organized labour in Ebonyi State.
Daily Times reports that the union in the state had engaged in protracted battle with governor Elechi to pay them the September salaries in 2011.