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Published On: Tue, Apr 3rd, 2018

LG polls: APC ward chairmen protest imposition of candidates

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From Femi Oyelola Kaduna

There was pandemonium and confusion yesterday in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State as the 12 Ward chairmen of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Area in conjunction with councillorship candidates staged a protest to express their displeasure over the just concluded Local Government primaries elections.
The protesters gathered at Afaka Ward in continuation of protests of alleged imposition of candidates ahead of the state’s LGA Polls.
However the prompt deployment of Kaduna state security outfit Four Operation Yaki saved what cloud have resulted in breakdown of law and order.
The protesters were dispersed by the security personnel but later regroup and at Afaka/Mando Police Outpost.
At the station the leaders of the group held closed doors meeting with the officer in charge.
Speaking earlier Afaka Ward APC Women Leader, Hajia Talatu said that they are angry in Afaka because they converged as early as 7am for the primaries, only to be told that the ballot boxes had been snatched.
“Here in Afaka we did not vote in the primaries. In the entire Igabi LGA, there were no primaries.
“We gathered here on the date designated for primaries, women, youth and men alike, we were waiting, a woman even delivered a baby here but there was no election.
“We are angry now to hear that some people have been announced as winners,” she said.
An APC stakeholder in Igabi LGA, Tasiu Musa said they gathered to make their position clear.
“There was nothing like APC councillorship primary election in Igabi LGA because some useless people snatched the ballot boxes,” he said.
He appealed to Governor el-Rufai and other top leaders in the party to intervene and ensure fairness and equity in the party through the conduct of primaries in the entire Igabi LGA.
It was reliably gathered that a mega protest by all the ward chairmen, candidates and their supporters will be held sometime this week, if the party does not take the action anticipated by the aggrieved parties.
“Already, I have gone to the Police Command to do all the necessary paper works to ensure we gather a massive crowd to drive home our grievances concerning the primaries,” the source added.
It would be recalled that the 12 Igabi APC Ward Chairmen, led by the Chairman of the party in the LGA had protested to the state Secretariat of their party on 28th March 2018 over non conduct of primaries for emergence of party’s councillorship representatives at the forthcoming Kaduna Local Council Polls.
They had alleged that lawmakers from the LGA at the state and National Assembly had hijacked materials meant for the primaries from the state Secretariat to an undisclosed location, preventing the primaries from taking place at the designated venues.

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