Agene AKHERE Benin
Some concerned members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) drawn from Egor Local Council Area of Edo State have protested what they alleged extortion and unwholesome practices by the leadership of the party in the Edo South Senatorial District of the state.
The elders, women and youths of the local government in their hundreds stormed the state capital town in 25 buses and with placards and took their protest to the secretariat complex of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council, Government House, Benin City and the APC secretariat on Airport Road.
The angry protesters urged the Governor Adams Oshiomhole and the leadership of the state chapter of the ruling APC to prevail on the south senatorial leader, Barrister Gentleman Amegor to desist from acts of imposition of candidates and other acts capable of affecting the interest of members of the party in the area.
In a protest letter signed by over 196 members under the aegis of Concerned Members of APC Egor Chapter, addressed to Governor Oshiomhole and copied to the state chairman of the party, Speaker Edo State House of Assembly and the chairman of the council, the people complained that the leadership style of Amegor “does not befit his status”.
They accused the party chieftain of alleged “manipulation of party’s aspirants and non-challant attitude towards party’s progress as a whole.”
According to them, the APC top shot at the senatorial district refused to mobilize and encourage the good people of Egor to register for the just concluded voters registration which led to low turn out of Egor prospective voters who have our great party at heart.”
They also appealed to the governor to relieve the senatorial leader of his position and to put in his “an astute, reasonable and sincere party leader in Egor Local Government Council.”
Spokesperson for the protesters, Mr. Osas Igiebor, said noted that the senatorial leaders was using his position to create unnecessary tension within the party, adding that only him acts as both the senatorial and council leader of the party.
They told the governor that the way and manner the leadership of the party at the senatorial level was clandestinely going about the party’s activities, especially, as it relates to the forthcoming primaries of the party, it leaves much to be desired and appealed to the governor to call the leadership to order otherwise things might get out of hands in the area.