Women from Enugu North senatorial zone yesterday took to the streets of Nsukka in large numbers to protest against their representatives in the National Assembly.
The placard-carrying protesters, who sang songs and chanted slogans, accused the representative of Nsukka/Igboeze South in the House of Representatives, Pat Asadu, and representative of Enugu North in the Senate, Chukwuka Utazi, of non-performance.
While Utazi has spent five years in the Senate, Asadu has spent 18 years at the House.
Some of the placards read: ‘Sen. Chukwuka Utazi, stop bible quotation, show us your achievement’, ‘Pat Asadu, show us your achievement after 18 years in NASS’.
After marching through the streets, the women assembled at the council headquarters to present their grievances to the officials.
But they were disappointed that no single official was around to receive or address them.
A spokesperson for the group, Mrs. Victoria Ugwu, however, said the protest was “a warning signal that we are ready to go beyond this if they (Utazi and Asadu) don’t improve”.
She added: “We are carrying out this protest so that they will know that we are not happy with their performances so that they will sit up. Asadu has spent over 18 years in the House of Representatives but there is nothing to show for it in the constituency. We will continue to pray so that they will sit up by bringing development as well as giving employment to our children.”
But a mild drama played as some Uzowani council women members, who had just arrived, condemned the protest and dissociated themselves from it.
Coordinator of the group, Mrs. Elizabeth Eze, accused the protesters of attempting to turn the monthly prayer forum on the council premises into a political organisation to the benefit of certain politicians in the zone.
“What happened today is an ambush because we came for our normal monthly prayer only to see some women protesting against our representatives in the National Assembly. There was never a time we discussed in the forum that we will protest against the lawmakers or anybody in the district,” Eze said.
Utazi, who spoke through his Personal Assistant, Alphonsus Ezeugwu, condemned the protest.
“I am not surprised some people in the district are already playing 2023 politics. I commend Uzowani councilwomen for their boldness in condemning the purported protest in its entirety,” he said efforts to get comments from Asadu were not successful as he did not answer his calls or replied to the text messages sent to him.