25 January 2013

Nigeria: AMAC PDP Youths Protest Over Councillorship Candidate's Election

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youths wing of Wuse Ward in Abuja Municipal Area Council, Wednesday protested over the election of a councillorship candidate, Tonye Ikiba Sebastine, in the party's primaries to represent the ward.

The youths numbering over 50, stormed the FCT PDP secretariat at about 11:45 am, carrying placards with inscriptions that read: "The good people of Wuse ward need justice not imposition" and "We need a proper congress not imposition."

Speaking on behalf of the protesting youths, Abubakar Ismail Umar said instead of the electoral committee of the party to allow delegates elect their representatives, some stakeholders allegedly went to hold a secret meeting and later presented a candidate that was not the member's choice.

He said PDP youths have earlier written a petition to the party's FCT secretariat immediately after the councillorship congress to protest the emergence of Tonye as a councillorship candidate representing Wuse Ward.

"Our problem is the improper way and manner in which the councillorship primaries of Wuse ward was conducted and we will not accept it. We see no reason why some stakeholders will go into a room and later come back to present us with a candidate, which is unacceptable," he said.

The spokesman appealed to the FCT PDP chairman, Alhaji Yahaya Y. Suleiman, FCT Senator, Philip Aduda and other executives of the party in the territory to urgently intervene, saying Wuse is one of the largest catchment for votes and has over 79,000 votes to be sought for.

Responding, the Special Assistant to the FCT PDP chairman, Alhaji Salihu Bagudu, commended the youths for conducting themselves peacefully.

The PDP chairman's aide, assured the protesting youths that all their grievances will be presented to the FCT PDP chairman in order to ensure that all the party's stakeholders and FCT Senator Philip Aduda address the issue amicably.

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