*They are PDP members—APC
By Simon Ebegbulem & Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN – SOME protesters, who allegedly participated in the just concluded Edo State governorship election and claimed to be ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday, stormed the secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Airport Road in Benin City, to protest what they claimed was the non fulfilment of certain promises made to them by the party.
However, state Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr Godwin Erhahon, while reacting to the claim, said “We at the APC, especially members of the State Executive are not aware of such commitment between the party and the ad-hoc staff.
“We have asked those who are complaining to let us know who made the pledge on behalf of the party. We don’t know anything about it and by the time we know those behind it, we will be able to react. We know that ad-hoc staff are staff of INEC and not the party. So, I symphatize with the protesters.”
Also, the party (APC), state Chairman, Anslem Ojezua, claimed that the invasion of the party secretariat was by persons he described as hoodlums allegedly sponsored by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
According to him, “They claimed to be ad-hoc staff of INEC and that they came to collect money we were owing them for the just concluded governorship election.”
The protesters, who were mainly youths, gathered in front of the premises of the APC secretariat about 11a.m., and insisted that they must meet with a certain leader of the party before they would depart.
They said that they decided to protest because of an alleded unfulfilled assurance given them that they would be rewarded after the September 28, election. After waiting for about two hours, some members of the group threatened to spill the beans if their demands were not met.