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Protesting A’Ibom youths fault imposition of LG candidate

* Warn PDP of 'stagnation' in the area if it insists on such 'imposition'

From INI FRIDAY, Uyo 
 
Protesting youths from Urueoffong Oruko Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State have faulted the imposition of a chairmanship candidate on them for the local government election primaries slated for tomorrow, Monday, August 24, 2020.
 
The youths rejected Mrs. Precious Selong as the consensus chairmanship candidate and chose Colonel Sampson Edet (rtd) as their choice candidate.
 
During the protest at the local government secretariat yesterday, the youths displayed placards with various inscriptions like ‘say no to imposition and nepotism’, ‘Urueoffong Oruko must be free from wicked cabals’ and ‘Urueoffong Oruko resist imposition of any candidate’, ‘say no to God fatherism’ and ‘Urueoffong Oruko must elect their chairman come October 2020’, among others.
 
Leader of the protesting youths, Mr. Ben Okung said the wrong selection of chairmanship aspirants might stagnate the progress and popularity of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the council area, adding that the protest was to show their disapproval of the candidate.
Some of the youths with the placards
Okung, who is a former House of Assembly aspirant under the defunct Second Republic party, National Party of Nigeria (NPN), said he returned to the PDP to ensure qualified persons were given the mantle of leadership, noting that the choice of Mrs. Precious Selong as consensus candidate was unexpected.
 
“The entire youths and concerned elders of Urueoffong Oruko came out to express their minds through a peaceful protest, to inform the PDP leadership in the State and their listening Governor that they don’t want Mrs. Precious Selong as their chairperson.
 
“We are calling on our Governor who is the leader of the party to provide a level playing ground for all aspirants and their choice candidate, Colonel Sampson Edet (rtd) so that the people of the local government can be vindicated if their choice does not live up to expectations,” he said.
 
Also speaking, party loyalist, Mr Emmanuel Okon frowned at the alleged removal of Colonel Sampson from the list of cleared aspirants  by the party.
 
He said it was very disappointing and a slap on the people of the area who cannot point to any project executed during the tenure of Mrs. Selong as Vice Chairperson and Transition Chairperson of the LG for three years respectively.
 
Another PDP stalwart in the council area, Elder Ante Ante explained that since the creation of the local government area in 1991 till date, they have nothing to show for the long existence of the council.
 
Ante emphasized that local government creation was done to transform rural communities to urban and semi urban cities and not for personal investment.
 
He called on Governor Udom Emmanuel listen to their plea by allowing all aspirants test their popularity in the local government chairmanship election primaries slated for tomorrow, Monday, August 24.
 
He said: “For the long years of existence we have had local government chairmen both elected and appointed, none of them has been able to move the local government to its expected height”. 
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