Government activities in Port Harcourt were yesterday temporarily paralysed as youths and ex-militant leaders stormed the River State Government House demanding the resignation of Governor Rotimi Amaechi.
The protesters also called on Amaechi to explain how he managed the N1.6tn that had accrued to the state since he became the governor.
Prominent among the protesters were militant leaders, Chief Ateke Tom, Chief Solomon Ndigbara and Pastor Nature Kiegse.
Clad in white T-shirts with red inscriptions, ‘Amaechi must go’, ‘Amaechi, Who owns the jet?’ ‘EFCC probe Amaechi’ and ‘Amaechi, you constructed one kilometre road with N1.5bn’, the protesters chanted war songs even as they waved banners carrying their message under the watchful eyes of security operatives.
Spokesman of the group, Comrade Martins Mannah, said they had to carry out the protest because they were fed up with the state government and dismissed insinuations that they were sponsored to carry out the protest.
“Rivers people can’t stay and watch Amaechi challenge President Goodluck Jonathan who comes from the South-South and desires to contest in 2015. We want Amaechi to tell us the whereabouts of the two jets Odili left behind and real owners of the Bombardier aircraft” he said.
In the same vein, Ndigbara, who expressed reservation about the Amaechi-led administration, said it was time youths in the state declared the governor wanted.