BY CHIDI NKWOPARA, OWERRI.
Palpable shock and disbelief gripped loyalists of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and air travelers as suspected political thugs tore posters and pictures of President Goodluck Jonathan mounted at Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri.
People were equally shocked as the rampaging political thugs descended and destroyed all the decorations on the perimeter fence of the airport, as well as the Presidential Lounge.
These strange events came as Imo people anxiously await the visit of President Goodluck Jonathan for the first time since Chief Ikedi Ohakim vacated office as Governor of the state.
Jonathan is scheduled to visit Owerri this weekend to among other things, receive scores of Imo politicians who are dumping their respective political parties for the PDP.
When Vanguard got wind of the incident and visited the scene yesterday, the destroyed posters, pictures and decorations were scattered in parts of the airport premises.
It was also gathered that the rampaging hired hoodlums however scampered into safety before stern looking security personnel arrived the scene.
Some workers and travelers, who were found discussing the ugly event in groups, blamed the act of the political thugs on an alleged directive from an unnamed top government official.
Meanwhile, the state government says it has approved the use of Dan Anyiam Stadium Complex, Owerri, which the PDP leadership applied for.
The Senior Special Assistant (Media) to the Governor, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, however stated in a release that Governor Rochas Okorocha was yet to be properly informed about the President’s visit to the state.
It was the considered opinion of the SSA that as the chief security officer of the state, it was proper that the Governor should be informed of the visit of the President.