BLOODBATH LOOMS IN UYO AS APC/PDP YOUTHS PROTEST HOLD FRIDAY
The umbrella youth organization of the state Akwa Ibom State Youth Caucus had announced its planned street march to show solidarity to the governor, while a relatively unknown group, Akwa Ibom Conscience is also claiming it is protesting against some planned projects by the state government.
Analysts believe the Akwa Ibom Youth Caucus, the umbrella youths’ organization, comprising the state youth council, Dakkada Ambassadors, Village youths and voluntary youth groups in the state may overwhelm the few protesters from the other group, leading to a display of emotions and clash of fists.
Several analysts have fingered NDDC helmsman as the financier of the planned protest against the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, while the government is believed to be impressed by the support of the youths.
Critics who have taken to the social media channels have warned the security agents to put a stop to this impending scenario to avoid a replication of the April 2011 ACN/PDP clash that led to several loss of lives and property in the state.
A statement by the State publicity Secretary of the state youth caucus, Mr Linus Effiong said, the exercise which has been overwhelmingly endorsed by youths of the state, is to show their love and support to the State Governor, His Excellency Mr Udom Emmanuel in his avowed commitment to empowering the youths through capacity building, and enhancing their economic and political integration in the state.
The peaceful demonstration is scheduled to hold this Friday, August 11, 2017 and over 10,000 youths from all over the state are expected to converge on Ibom Hall Grounds for onward march around the major streets of Uyo in a carnival that will end at Government House Gates, Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo.
Whereas Inibehe Effiong, coordinator of the Akwa Ibom Conscience has said his group is against the erecting of a befitting lodge in Lagos for the governor of the state, and the protest will start from the CKS Primary School, Wellington Bassey Way before moving towards the Government House before making a u-turn to the state House of Assembly.
It is the first time Akwa Ibom people are hearing of the unknown group staging the protest against the government.
It would be recalled that on Thursday November 3, 2016, the youths in the state had carried out a similar solidarity march in line with their fundamental human rights of freedom of expression to commend the governor for his strides in the face of poor economic downturn.