Primaries: Protesters storm APC secretariat in Abuja

SecretariatANGRY All Progressives Congress (APC), faithful in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Wednesday, stormed the party national secretariat in Abuja in protest.

Leader of the protesters, Mohammed Karshi, accused the APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of foisting a particular mode of primary, the direct option on the FCT chapter, as against the indirect option the party stakeholders and aspirants settled for.

Ahead of today’s primaries, they insisted that the APC national leadership must return to the indirect primary system, which they noted was the initial agreement.

The protesters with various inscriptions, “Oshiomhole Steer Clear of FCT Primary, “We Want Indirect Primary”, “Oshiomhole, Leadership is Not Activism, “Oshiomhole Destroying APC,” further accused Comrade Oshiomhole of a sinister plot to impose his preferred candidates.

Karshi said: “We are here to protest injustice we are here to protest imposition. We are here to sound it loud and clear that we are solidly in support of President Mohammadu Buhari come 2019.

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We are here to say it to all who have ears that in FCT, results will not be written. We are here to state it loud and clear that FCT APC is going on indirect primary. We are here to make it clear to Mr Oshiomhole that we are Comrades and that is why we voted for him as chairman, so we are appealing to his sense of reason. He should be reasonable and give us what we want. FCT APC rejects direct primary in FCT.”

He told journalists that the group was demanding for what is just and credible.

“NEC was very clear about it that all should go back to their states and chose whatever method they want, that it is either you go by direct, indirect or consensus. The FCT leaders: all 9 senatorial and 15 House of Representatives’ aspirants met and agreed that FCT is going for indirect primary. Why should Oshiomhole change it, it is unacceptable? You cannot write results here in the name of direct primary. It is not possible,” he said.

The protesters who had barricaded the main gate to the party national secretariat later left after midday, following the intervention of the FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Bala Ciroma who appealed to them.

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