Edo primaries: Ohordua community protest imposition
By Bolaji Ajala
The chairman of Ohordua Community Development, Lagos, Mr. Ehiabhi Ebehitamame, has said that the Edo state primary election for presentation of candidates for the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) was marred by protest following the imposition of unpopular candidate by some group of persons.
The primaries which was held on the 9th of February, 2013 is trailed by controversy as some leaders in the area were alleged to have forged some executive member’s signature to achieve their aim
Ebehitamame, in a press statement said that the party leaders had through the forged signature imposed their handpicked candidate in person of Enaiho Imahanndegbelo.
Ebehitamame noted that the party leaders behind the action (names withheld) is responsible for the imposition of their hand picked candidate.
He said the candidate handpicked was said to be unsuccessful in the ward screening and now he was anointed and imposed on the people.
According to him, “The primary elections for presentation of candidates of the A.C.N in ohordua – ward 4, Esan south East LGA, Edo state was meant to hold Saturday Feb, 2013. The primary did held but was followed with protest by citizens,” “The party leader Mesrrs. Andrew Ebalunode, Friday Dove momodu and one Bar.Percy Okojie imposed their hand picked candidate; one Enaiho imahanndegbelo who was unsuccessful in the ward screening was anointed and imposed on the people.
“Now there is palpable tension in the area as these leaders forged sum executive member’s signature to achieve their aim. Is this not fraud and against the tenets of party internal democracy?” he concluded.