Some aspirants vying for National Assembly positions under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) for the 2019 general election in Ekiti state, yesterday staged a violent protest over their alleged disqualification and imposition of candidates by the leadership of the party in the state.
The aspirants and their supporters who besieged the state secretariat of the party around 11.25 am accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of scheming them out of contest to pave way for his Cronies.
The contestants who are vying for the six House of Representatives seats across the state called on the National Chairman of the party, Chief Uche Secondus to overrule the screening committee, which had earlier disqualified them from the race.
They alleged that members of the PDP Screening Committee , led by Mr Seye Shonuga , sent by the National Working Committee (NWC) to screen the aspirants subverted the process to give way for automatic tickets to Fayose’s close allies and present occupants of the seats.
Some members of the Appeal committee, led by Mr Kazeem Oladipupo and State Working Committee(SWC) of the party that were in the Secretariat to entertain their complaints were beaten up by the irate protesters.
The glass windows of the Secretariat located in Ajilosun area of Ado Ekiti were smashed as the protesters forced their way into the building to send a signal that they were prepared to take on the governor.
The aggrieved aspirants, include: Mr Segun Olanipekun, Ademola Salami, Temitope Oluwatosin Ajayi, Goke Omidiran Chief David Arowolo, Adekunle Ojo, Ibrahim Mumini Adewale, Mr. Victor Alale and Mrs Kemi Adewumi .
Olanipekun who spoke on behalf of his colleagues accused the screening committee sent to Ekiti of doing the bidding of Governor Fayose to edge them out of the primary.
He said the Committee allegedly screened them out of the contests under the flimsy excuse that some of them defaulted in the payment of taxes when such did not happen.
Olanipekun said it was wrong for the committee to have allowed individual to teleguide them for him to have his way and ensured that he imposed his candidates on the party.
“It was bad for the PDP that just lost the governorship election to be behaving in this manner. We were supposed to be given the opportunity to test our popularity in the primaries rather than resorting to imposition.
“Governor Fayose had earlier held a meeting with all aspirants and told us to withdraw from the race and made it clear that the candidates will be handpicked but we insisted that the primaries must be held,’’ he said.
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