Rivers PDP aspirants protest, bar party officials from national secretariat

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike

Aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, aspirants for Rivers House of Assembly, and their supporters, on Wednesday in Abuja blocked the entrance of the party’s national headquarters and barred party officials and staff from their offices.

The aspirants protested against the non-issuance of clearance certificates by the party to them for the November 29 state House of Assembly primary.

The aspirants and their supporters had as early as 6.30 a.m., blocked the Secretariat’s entrance, carrying different placards and chanting songs.

They also carried a coffin with the poster of one of the frontline governorship aspirants of the state.

Party officials and members of staff were barred from gaining access into their offices.

Amadi Uzoma, one of the aspirants who spoke with NAN, said the protesters were at the headquarters to meet members of the National Working Committee of the party, to inform them of their plight.

According to him, the aspirants have made concerted effort in the past to meet the PDP leadership on the issue but to no avail.

He said according to the party`s constitution, after 24 hours of screening, copies of all qualified aspirants and those disqualified would be made public.

“If you did not go through the primaries, there should be a room for you to go for appeal, and non-actually came in place,” he said.

Mr. Uzoma, who is contesting the Omuma constituency, said that about 80 percent of the aspirants for the Rivers House of Assembly primaries, were disenfranchised.

He said their names were not in the list of aspirants released by the party’s leadership to participate in the primary.

Mr. Uzoma also alleged that only members of the Grassroots Democratic Initiative (GDI), owned by one of the Rivers governorship aspirants, was cleared by the PDP leadership to contest the primary.

Efforts made by NAN to get a reaction from the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, to the development, however, proved abortive.

Police, however, later dispersed the protesters by using the tear gas.

The Police Public Relations Officer, FCT, Peter Okechukwu, told newsmen that “we have been pleading with them to disperse and go home but all the plea fell on a deaf ear.

“We don’t have any other option; the law has empowered us that once the constitutional right is breached, we have to do what is lawful and that is what we did”.

He said that the protesters were free to return if they would be peaceful in their protest.

“This is FCT and we can guarantee them reasonable time so long as it does not affect the rights of other people but once it goes beyond that, it becomes unlawful and unacceptable.

“What we did is normal; we did not use any violent means to disperse them. We contacted party officials and enough time had already been given; this is nobody’s home.

“The protest is no longer acceptable because it has stayed longer than necessary,” he said.

(NAN)


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  • ernesto

    This is similar to ekiti protest by other 12 aspirant only for same fayose to win landslide. Wike again means he will equally do the same in Rivers

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  • Emancipation

    Yes Dame has selected his chosen people, the constitution has been overwritten immediately empress came on board.

  • Wähala

    This story is scanty, Sahara Reporters has the full gist complete with picture of the coffin… very funny indeed!
    Dem say, Oly Metuh jumed thru the window. Abu Mu’azu covered his head with his dashiki and bolted thru the back door. Women Leader, Kema Chikwe, was harassed and threatened with knuckles if she attempted to enter the complex. Other PDPigs bolted as police watched helplessly. The protesting delegate from Pitakwa arrived and mounted sentry at 5.30am, but the police did not or could not disperse them until 6,0pm. Leaves one to wonder what happened to IGP Aboki Abbas’ intelligence reporters who informed him to storm the NASS and teargas innocent lawmakers on their way to legitimate business of running the country. Goes to prove the impunity was calculated, malicious and programmed to harass Tambuwal and plunge the country into unnecessary Constitutional crises. The shortest cut to saving Nigeria remains, IMPEACH DUMBO NOW!

    • Otile

      How come you are the one to expatiate, embellish, and elaborate the story for the people? Are you still doing it to make them believe the story?

  • Otile

    What do people expect when the executive governor is a chieftain of Islamic APC? It could be worse.