6 January 2011

Nigeria: Protesters Besiege Katsina PDP Secretariat Over Assembly Primaries

Katsina — Protesting members of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) from Zango local government area of Katsina State yesterday besieged the state headquarters of the party to protest the refusal to conduct state assembly primaries in their area.

Daily Trust which monitored the situation observed that the protesters numbering about five hundred chanted rejection slogans "Bamu Yardaba" (We don't agree) while threatening to decamp en-masse to the opposition Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) if justice was not done.

Spokesman of the group who is also the PDP chairman in the area, Salisu Ya'u Yardaje, told the party that delegates from the area have waited for two days to participate in the primaries but no election materials came into the area. He said no explanation was given by the party.

The group alleged a plan to impose one Manzo Yusuf Madaka against the incumbent chairman of the council Abdulkudus Haruna in spite of a truce reached by a reconciliation allowing the chairman to have the ticket.

Receiving the protesters, state chairman of the party, Rabiu Gambo Bakori, urged them to remain calm as their complaint would be looked into.

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