On Tuesday 4th July, 2017, Owerri felt the impact of a solidarity rally being organized by a group of youths in Imo State in solidarity with the Rescue Mission administration of His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and President Muhammadu Buhari change initiative titled 3-Million Man Solidarity Rally for President Buhari and Governor Okorocha.
According to ifeanyicy.com ,the group under the banner headline, Imo Progressive Movement led by Comr Jeff Nwoha, a political appointee to Imo State Governor and GM Imo ENTRACO , Comr Ikechukwu Obioha, President Imo Youth Council, Rt Hon GTC Samuel, Speaker Youth Assembly of Nigeria , Comr Amechi Adiubua; Niger Delta Youth Rescue Movement, Comr Aninwe Samuel ; Youth Mandate, Comr Okebaram Izuchukwu;National Union of Road Transport workers, Comr Chike Ohanuba; Youth for Defense of Democracy, Comr Nnamdi Okorie ;Imo Pilot(Keke Operators), Comr Nze Franklin ;National Union of Imo State Students, Mrs Maureen Chioma Onyemelusi ;Woman For Good Governance, Chief Joe Odikanma ;Imo State Amalgamated Market and Traders Association were mobilised after the sum of five million naira was allegedly given to them, to inspire community based youths and students to join other pro-government establishments in the rally.
Each participant were alleged to have received a token of one thousand naira, while the organizers of the solidarity rally used the rest for the printing of polos, fliers and banners, our sources revealed.
Okorocha who was overwhelmingly excited welcoming the group, thanked them for coming and promised to partner with them.
The group spokespersons said they came to thank the Governor for his developmental strides and to assure him of support.
Meanwhile, the youths were reported to have abandoned the Solidarity rally half way, excitedly rushing to have a glimpse of the IPOB Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who was passing through Owerri to Umuahia on return from Anambra state were he had gone to pay homage to Nigeria foremost Nationalist of Igbo origin and professor of constitutional law, Prof Ben Nwabueze.
Nnamdi Kanu’s vehicle found it difficult to pass through Owerri under the rain as Imo Youths and even their elders stormed the road to behold him. He was seen happily exchanging pleasantries by waving hands from the open roof of the car carrying him.