The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has come under intense fire following accusation of imposition of candidates in the recently held APC primaries across the country.
Apart from some APC governors, accusing Mr. Oshiomhole of imposition of candidates, protesters on Wednesday shut down the APC national secretariat, Abuja, disrupted activities, barricaded the street and entrance, and chased away staff and a handful of security operatives on duty.
They protested alleged attempts to impose candidates by the national leadership of the party, during the senatorial and House of Representatives primaries held in Abuja, calling for immediate resignation of Mr. Oshiomhole.
Some of the posters they displayd read,‘Oshiomhole stay clear of FCT primaries; We want indirect primaries; Oshiomhole, leadership is not activism; and Oshiomhole destroying APC,’ among others, the protesters went violent and destroyed billboards, barricaded the major road and caused traffic gridlock.
They sang and danced along the road in their peaceful protest until it went out of control, when the angry crowd tried to take control of the entrance of the secretariat gate, barricading the Blantyre street leading to the APC national secretariat.
Spokesman of the group, Usman Mohammed Karshi told newsmen that the group was on a mission to protest injustice and imposition of mode of primary election in the FCT.
He also called for Oshiomhole’s resignation, accusing him of working for opposition parties.
He said, “We are here to protest injustice. We are here to protest imposition. We are here to sound it loud and clear that we are solidly in support of president Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. We are here; tell all who have ears that, in the FCT, results will not be written. We are here to state it loud and clear that FCT APC is going for indirect primary.
“We are here to make it clear to Oshiomhole that we are comrades and that was why we voted for him as chairman. So, we are appealing to his sense of reason. He should be reasonable to give us what we want. FCT APC rejects direct primary in FCT,” he said.
“NEC was very clear about it that all should go back to their states, and chose whatever method they want. That it is either you go for direct, indirect primaries or consensus.
“The FCT leaders, all nine senatorial and 15 House of Representatives aspirants met and agreed that FCT is going for indirect primary. Why should Oshiomhole and the National Working Committee change it? It is unacceptable. You cannot write results here in the name of direct primaries. It is not possible.”
Also protest erupted in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital on Wednesday following the outcome of All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary held on Sunday, NAN reports.
Members of the APC in Ebonyi, numbering about 500 besieged the state’s party secretariat in Abakaliki, chanting various songs in condemnation of the primary election.
The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions such as: ‘Say no to fake lists’, ‘Prof. Odoh is our choice in Ebonyi’, ‘We don’t want fake delegates from Ikwo and Ezza South’, ‘On prof. we stand’, among others.
The protesters alleged that the delegate lists from Ikwo and Ezza council areas were doctored.
Mr. Oshiomhole has also been accused of cancelling the Imo State APC governorship primary, because he did not like the outcome. An APC chieftain in the state, who did not want his name in print, said that “Oshiomhole will keep cancelling the primaries until his prefered governornorship candidate emerges as winner.
When asked who that is, he said, “Uche Nwosu of course.”
He added “If they want to destroy APC’s chances of winning in Imo, we are ready.
“Imposition of candidates is undemocratic and destructive.”
The state governors who are not happy with how Mr. Oshiomhole is handling the APC primaries are, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara; Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo; Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna and Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun.
They are said to be amused over the mode of primaries and automatic tickets issued to some serving senators.
These governors have, through their APC state chairpersons, accused the national leadership of the party of imposition of candidates.
APC nationational publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena was unreachable for comments as at the time of filing this report.