Some aggrieved members under the aegis of “Obubra Liberation Front (OLF) group in Cross River State, Concerned Citizens of Obubra Local Government Area, on Wednesday protested the imposition of Dr. Eric Tom Bassey as the sole candidate for Obubra Local Government Area in the forthcoming elections in the state.
The concerned group, who in their hundreds, stormed the Local government secretariat in Obubra with some placards which read: “We don’t want the imposition of candidate in Obubra LGA”. “We want free and fair primary election or anything short of that will lead to our decamping to a political party with democratic tenets”.
In a statement signed by the group leader of the association who spoke to www.weetalknaija.com.ng on the basis of anonymity during the protest, stated that at no time have people of the area met on the issue of selecting Mr Eric Tom Bassey as the consensus candidate.
The statement read in parts: In a bid to impose their unpopular candidate, Dr. Eric Tom Bassey, on the peace loving people of Obubra Local Government Council Area, misinformed the governor to selecting the least aspirant without a bit of popularity in the area.
We want to set record straight by saying that at no time have people of the area met on the issue. The said stakeholders wants to disrupt the peace we have been enjoying since the coming of the governor.
Our message to the Governor is that, we have all seen what happened in Abi/Yakurr House of Reps rerun elections, that is the implication of giving a ticket to an unpopular candidate. And if the decision is not reverse before the main elections, we will have no option than to vote against the party’s candidate.
The protesters, led by the Association leader, besieged the Local Government Area at about 9.30AM and rejected the consensus process that produced Eric Tom Bassey as the candidate.
They came with placards carrying inscription that they rejected imposition, that they wanted primaries. We have never contemplated imposition as a party.”
“This is the most peaceful and successful rally ever. Taking off from from Obubra junction, to Iyamoyong, back to Ofodua and then into Obubra urban where we were given audience by the HOLG of our Lga in the very presence of the security chiefs”.
“In our humble addressed, we started some issues of interest that require the prompt attention of the leadership of the state. Ranging from, Herdsmen attack on the farm lands of our brothers across the river, Total negligence of our traditional institution by the leadership, Leadership not owning up to the indecent imposition of councillors and chairmanship candidates respectively, if no leader can own up to it, then who would have done it ? Perhaps an intruder I guess”.
“We are saying no to vandalization and intimidation of properties and personal belongings etc”.
And in response, the HOLGA commended the law abiding citizen of Obubra for a peaceful demonstration an advice as appropriate .
The statement concluded by appealing to Governor Governor Ben Ayade to allow democratic elections of their representatives at the local level to take place rather than imposition of candidates as being suggested by stakeholders.
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