May 8, 2018

C’River, Kaduna stakeholders protest ‘shabby congresses‘

By Omeiza Ajayi

ABUJA —The upheaval over the conduct of last weekend’s ward congresses for All Progressives Congress, APC, continued, yesterday, as stakeholders from Cross River and Kaduna States stormed the national secretariat to demand the cancellation of the exercises in their states.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, Sen. John Owan Eno, lamented efforts by some individuals within the APC in Cross River State, to hijack its structure and warned the APC national leadership to disregard any attempt by some persons to make them believe the contrary.

Also, some protesters from Kaduna State who were at the national secretariat of APC, said the party was dying in the state.

Some of the placards carried by the protesters read: “Baba, please call Kiriku to order”, “APC is dying in Kaduna”, “EFCC should come to the aide of Kaduna people”, “Democracy is about people and not committee of friends”, “Say no to Kiriku in 2019”, “Congresses must hold in Kaduna”, “Affirmation is undemocratic”, “Oyegun should go”, “No APC Ward congresses in Kaduna”, “We stand with Baba Buhari for 2019,” among others.

However, addressing newsmen, yesterday in Abuja, Sen. Eno, said the committee sent to his state had been compromised and asked the national secretariat to set up another congress panel “which will conduct credible, free and fair ward congresses in Cross River State.”