Commercial motor cyclists popularly refered to as Okada riders took to the streets early morning today in the oil rich city of Eket LGA in Akwa Ibom State.
They drove with fanfare across major streets and junctions in the city chanting war songs and displaying placards carrying various inscriptions like Sango Must Go, Sango Says He is not Chairman of Cyclists but Chairman of Ticket sellers.
According to the arrow head of the protesters, Comrade Sylvanus Williams Daniel, the Okada riders are demanding for the immediate sack of their helmsman, Samuel Chuks aka Sango who has been in the saddle for over twelve years and as such, he has overstayed his welcome and also outlived his usefulness.
“We want fresh ideas and a new lease of life for the cyclist union”, he further stated with a very stern voice.
They accused the embattled Chairman of the union of ineptitude, high handedness, corruption, nepotism, insensitivity to the plight of the members and maladministration among others.
‘We are sending warning signals to the concerned authorities , as a matter of urgency to heed to our demands or we will no longer buy daily tickets and emblems in Eket ” They threatened
The major round abouts in the city were a beehive of activities as they took their protests to designated spots , driving round the metropolis in a motorcade with their headlights on. The flashpoints were Fiong Etok, Atabong Bridge Head, Mobil Mart, Marina, Afaha Uqua, Stragbag and Local Government sub motor park at Ikot Okudom.
They also made a brief stop over at the Divisional Police Headquarters in Eket to register their protests and also made their grievances known to the security agencies.
All efforts to reach the embattled Chairman, Mr Samuel Chuks, to also state his own side of the story, via telephone, fell on deaf ears because he did not pick his calls, as at the time of filling in this report.
In protesting for your rights in any form you may, but it’s only good, If they can understand your problems and feelings and not only to judge you.