In a bid to restore peace and order in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, the police command have locked down the APC national secretariat after some youths reportedly belonging to the party stormed the building in protest over the mode of primary adopted in the region. The protesters are said to be supporters of one of the aspirants.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) national secretariat at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja has been put on temporary security lock down by the police command after some angry youths of the party who were brandishing all kinds of dangerous weapons blocked the entrance and exit points along Blantyre street where the building is located, Vanguard reports.
The youths who claimed that they are FCT indigenes said that the adoption of direct primaries would mean that a non-native could win the ruling party’s ticket for the only senatorial seat in the territory.
The protesters chased security operatives at the gate away, with no party official present to address them, claiming that as all the contestants for the various positions in the FCT agreed on the use of indirect primaries, they were uncertain as to why the National Working Committee (NWC) would impose the direct method on them.
They claimed that the party was planning to impose a particular aspirant on them, pointing out that through the indirect mode, they are sure that an indigene of the FCT will emerge as the candidate of the party.
The youths in a feat of violence, pulled down the security wire around the secretariat and destroyed the billboard in front of it while locking up the entrance into the premises, daring the police to shoot them.
However, with the intervention of the police, the situation was contained and restored to relative calm. Yet, the young protesters promised to relaunch a more horrifying attack on the secretariat if the NWC refuses to change its decision.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng the APC's National Working Committee (NWC) had approved both the direct and indirect mode of primaries for its governorship election scheduled for Saturday, September 29, in the 36 states and the FCT.
This was contained in a statement issued by Yekini Nabena, the APC national publicity secretary, on Tuesday, September 25, in Abuja.
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