AIDES of delegates particularly drivers, yesterday protested at the entrance of Andrew Otutu Obaseki hall, over what they termed ill- treatment, but were stopped from entering by men of the Department of State Service, DSS.
According to the aides, who were led by Egwuata Remigius, they were deprived of allowances, welfare ranging from food to accommodation adding that while the delegates whom they drive sleep in hotels, they sleep in their cars.
Their placards read, “many drivers sleep in cars at hotels and parks, have we lost our moral compass?
“Justice Kutigi please do justice to our matter. We are citizens of this great country, we are in this together. Take care of us please . There is God O! Mama please intercede for your children OOO. Our mothers at the conference, please speak for your Children.
“We are degree holders as aides and drivers; we are no pushover. Obasanjo paid aides and drivers at 2005 Political Conference whitter 2014 National Conference.
The protesting aides were however stopped by the SSS led by Emmanuel Emordi who asked them to leave with their placards.
Igbeke to replace Akunyili
Meanwhile, Senator Alphonsus Igbeke was yesterday announced by Chairman of the Conference, Justice Idris Kutigi as a replacement for a former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili.
It would be recalled that the former Director-General of the National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration, NAFDAC and a delegate representing Anambra State, died Saturday June 7.
She was the third delegate to die since the inauguration of the confab by President Goodluck Jonathan 17th March. Igbeke’s name was announced to the plenary by Kutigi amidst applause and clapping of hands from fellow delegates.
The Senator who represented Anambra North Senatorial District on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was earlier sited by on Tuesday evening when he came to finalize his documentation with the Conference Secretariat and later confirmed that he was at the Conference to replace Akunyili.