From PAT NNADI, Nsukka
Piqued by alleged poor performance of their representatives in the National Assembly (NASS), women under the aegis of Enugu North Senatorial District Women Forum in Nsukka (ENSDWFN), today took to the streets, demanding immediate resignation of the lawmakers.
The women, numbering over 700, had started their protest with prayer at Nsukka Sports Club before proceeding to Nsukka Local Government secretariat to register their grievances.
AbeyaNews reports that some of the protesters carried placards with inscriptions like “Sen. Chukwuka, stop Bible quotation, show us your achievements; “Pat Asadu, stop using our children to achieve your selfish political interest, enough is enough; “Pat Asadu, show us your achievements after 18 years in NASS,” among others.
Speaking with journalists, the group’s spokesperson, Mrs Victoria Ugwu, said the forum comprised women from Enugu North Senatorial District who meet monthly to pray for the welfare and progress of the district.
She said the women were not satisfied with the performance of NASS lawmakers from the district especially Sen Chukwuka Utazi representing Enugu North senatorial District in the red chambers and Hon Pat Asadu representing Nsukka LG/Igboeze-South in the House of Representatives.
But, in a swift reaction when contacted, Sen Utazi directed AbeyaNews to speak with his personal assistant , Mr. Alphonsus Ezeugwu on the issue.
In his response, Ezeugwu said it was unfortunate that some misguided women in the district had hijacked the forum for their political interest.
Also, the Uzo-Uwanui LGA women members of the forum led by Mrs.Elizabeth Eze disassociated women from her local area from the protest.
The spokesperson of ENSDWFN, however, added: “We are carrying out this protest so that they will know that we are not happy with their performance so that they will sit up. Asadu has spent over 16 years in the House of Representatives but nothing to show for it in the constituency.”
“We will continue to pray so that they will sit up, by bringing development to the people as well as give employment to our children,” she said.
The forum was disappointed that no official of Nsukka LG was on hand to address them as they quietly dispersed.
According to Mrs Eze: “What happened today was an ambush, because we gathered here for our normal monthly prayer only to see some women protesting against our representatives in the National Assembly, which was never planned for.
“There was never a time we discussed in our forum that we would protest against federal lawmakers or anybody on Monday in Nsukka,” she protested.
Ezeugwu said Utazi would continue to offer quality representation to the district as no amount of blackmail would stop him from the good work for the good people of Enugu North Senatorial District.
“I am not surprised that some people in the district are already playing 2023 politics.
“I commend Uzo-Uwani LG women for condemning the protest in all its entirety.”
Meanwhile, efforts to get Asadu’s comments were not fruitful as calls and text message sent to his phone were not answered as at the time of filing this report.