Abuja - A group under the aegis of Delta
Coalition for Change (DCC) on Monday led a protest march to the national
secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC), citing imposition of a
The DCC, which attempted to shut down activities at the
secretariat on Tuesday, accused the party National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun,
of imposing Prince Yemi Emiko, as senatorial candidate of the party for Delta
South senatorial district.
Led by Mr Young Piero, the youths sang songs in protest
against what they called "the injustice against the will of the people.’’
Piero told journalists in an interview that Mr Temisan
Omatseye was declared winner among three aspirants that contested the
senatorial primary but was shocked when they were told that Prince Yemi Emiko
had emerged as candidate.
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He said "three candidates contested the Delta South
Senatorial primary and Bar. Temisan Omatseye emerged winner but to our
amazement, Yemi Emiko who came far second is being brandished as the
In a protest letter signed by Sen. Felix Okposo and Dr Alex
Ideh among other signatories and addressed to the APC National Chairman, the
Delta State Elders Committee described the alleged imposition of Prince Yemi
Emiko as an ugly sign.
The elders believed it would damage the reputation of the
party and possibly lead to chaos.
The letter read: ''We the under-signed leaders shown below
witnessed the primary and seriously frown at the imposition of Prince Yemi
Emiko who did not win the primary as our candidate for Delta South Senatorial
"The people of Delta South senatorial district have spoken
by their vote and therefore the sanctity of the result of the votes must be
The elders urged the party's National Working Committee
(NWC) to declare Omatseye as the rightful winner to avoid what it called ''any
unpleasant consequences'' to the party performance in Delta.
In a telephone interview with newsmen, Oyegun said the
protest was belated as names of final candidates that would contest the 2015
elections had been forwarded to appropriate organs.
He said the party had submitted full list of candidates for
elective offices to INEC and the NWC had also submitted its report on primary