Edo 2016: 10 APC Guber Aspirants Protest Alleged Intimidation Ahead Of Primaries

APC-Logo1Ahead of the June 18, 2016 governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, 10 governorship aspirants of the party have protested against what they called intimidation.
The aspirants made the claim in a June 9, 2016 letter addressed to the national leadership of the APC.
In the letter, the aspirants claimed that government appointees and party officials were being harassed and intimidated over the aspirant to support at the forthcoming primary election in Benin City.
The concerned aspirants include Prof. Oserhiemen Osunbor, Dr. Pius Odubu, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, Barr. Ken Imasuagbon, Arc. Austin Emuan, Chief Blessing Agbomhere, Mrs. Tina Agbarha, Emmanuel Arigbe-Osula and Comrade Peter Esele.
In the letter titled “Edo State APC Governorship Primaries: Issues, Observations and Recommendations”, they said efforts of the party leadership to ensure credible poll had not yielded the desired results.
The letter also stated that “the latest of the acts of impunity and desperation to win at all cost is the purchase and or collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) by force or inducement by agents of a particular aspirant with a view to undermining a free and fair process of nomination beginning with accreditation of delegates.
“That most of the aspirants have been denied access to delegates during campaigns by a certain notorious thug who has consistently threatened delegates against meeting with aspirants other than his preferred aspirant”.
The aforementioned aspirants, therefore, advised the party’s leadership to ensure that the right of the delegates to vote in secrecy is protected and guaranteed.
They also asked the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to engage the security agencies, including the Army before, during and after the primaries with a view to providing profound security cover to all the participants at the June 18 primary poll.
“That the National Working Committee should direct all those in possession of PVCs belonging to any delegate (s) or any person to return he PVCs to their owners forthwith or face sanction from the party.
“That the National Working Committee should direct the police and other security agencies to arrest, investigate and prosecute all those involved in the collection or purchase of PVCs in Edo State”, the letter also read in part.

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