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Published On: Wed, Mar 19th, 2014

Party supporters disrupt PDP ward congress in Ekiti

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The PDP ward congress scheduled to hold yesterday in Ekiti could not hold due to protests by some party members.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the exercise could not commence at 4:30p,m. in any of the 177 wards in the State.

Trouble started at about 8a.m., when persons alleged to be supporters of some governorship aspirants stormed the state Secretariat of the party in Ado-Ekiti.

More than 100 supporters carrying various placards barricaded the entrance to the secretariat chanting solidarity songs.

The five-man PDP delegation sent from its national secretariat to conduct the congress and materials for the congress was trapped in the secretariat.

The protesters said they would not allow the Abuja delegates to leave the secretariat with the materials nor allow them to conduct the congress.

The national officers, however, left the secretariat at about 2p.m, under the watchful eyes of armed policemen.

The congress was also disrupted at the Local Government Secretariat of the in Ado-Ekiti.

Hoodlums invaded the venue, smashing plastic chairs, sliding doors and windows.

The party’s Returning Officer for the local government, Alhjai Tajudeen Arowolo said the ward congress could not hold due to the violence.

Leader of the protesters, Ikusemilori Olu told newsmen that they were against the ward congress and primary elections as the means of picking the party’s candidates. (NAN)

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