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Published On: Mon, Dec 29th, 2014

Niger Delta youths protest APC imposition of Senatorial candidate

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By Umar Muhammad Puma

Niger Delta youths, Delta State chapter under the aegis of Delta Coalition for Change (DCC) yesterday  stormed the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in protest over the imposing of Prince Yemi Emiko, as the senatorial candidate of the party for Delta South senatorial district.

The youths led by Comrade Young Piero, who attempted to force entrance into the main gate of the party secretariat but was blocked by the security operatives guarding the secretariat.

Addressing journalists at the venue, Comrade Piero said Barr. Temisan Omotseye, was first declared winner out of the three aspirants that contested the senatorial primaries, adding that how Prince Yemi Emiko, who came second at the contest became the candidate was a surprise to them.

Also in a protest letter addressed to the National Chairman, Chief Oyegun by the Delta State elders committee, signed by Senator F.S Okposo, Dr. Alex Ideh, Chief LJ Esigie and Chief FF Rewane, described the alleged imposition of Prince Yemi Emiko as an ugly sign which they believed will damage the reputation of the party and possibly lead to chaos.

The letter read: “We the undersigned leaders witnessed the primaries and seriously frowned at the imposition of Prince Yemi Emiko who did not win the primaries as our candidate for Delta South Senatorial district.

“The people of the Delta South senatorial district have spoken by their vote and therefore sanctify of the result of the votes must be respected.”

They also urged the National Working Committee (NWC) to do the right thing by declaring Barr. Temisan Omatseye as the rightful winner to avoid “any unpleasant consequences which can affect the overall performance of the party in Delta State.”

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