APC senatorial primary: Niger East youths protest outcome

APC senatorial primary: Niger East youths protest outcome

APC senatorial primary: Niger East youths protest outcome

Youths from across Niger East on Thursday protested the outcome of last Tuesday All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial primary in the zone.

The protesters under the aegis of Coalition of Niger east Youths besieged the residence of Senator David Umaru to register their grievances over what they referred to as an attempt to ‘disenfranchise’ the zone with an election which outcome was already ‘predetermined’ in favour of a particular aspirant.

Daily Trust reports that although the result of the affected primary has not be officially announced, the odds were said to have favoured Alhaji Musa Sani against Senator Umaru.

Irked by the development, the Senator had addressed a press conference rejecting the outcome, describing the entire process as a charade.
The youths bearing placards with inscriptions such as “No David Umaru, No APC”, ” We want Justice “, “We will only support Baba Buhari and David Umaru” amongst others called on the party stakeholders to stepped in to avert in to avert a possible crisis.

The leader of the protesters, Comrade Mohammed Idris alleged that voting never took place in all the 99 wards across the senatorial district, adding that they were surprised that the opponent went public declaring himself as winner of the exercise.

He said the people of the zone voted President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator David Umaru and Governor Abubakar Sani Bello in the 2015 general elections, adding that they are ready to replicate same in 2019 provided Umaru is returned as their candidate in a free and fair primary.

He however vowed that should Umaru is shortchange, they would followed him to any party of his choice.

The head of Senator Umaru’s constituency office Malam Ahijou Dalandi who received the protesters on behalf of his principal commended them for identifying with the Senator but appealed to them not to take law into their hands.

He said the Senator is exploring all avenue at seeking justice on the matter.

Daily trust

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