- National Assembly aspirants on the platform of the PDP have protested the decision of the party to give automatic tickets to serving lawmakers
- One person was shot during the protest on Monday, September 10, at the party secretariat in Calabar
- The victim was immediately rushed to the hospital for treatment
There was chaos at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat in Calabar, Cross River, on Monday, September 10, as one person was shot dead during a protest over the party's decision to give automatic tickets to members of the National Assembly.
Punch reports that it was unclear if the victim was shot by security operatives who were all over the secretariat. Policemen were trying to control the crowd when the shot was heard.
NAIJ.com gathers that an eye witness identified as Emmanuel Luke said the injured person was among the protesters. He said the victim was immediately taken to the hospital for treatment.
Protesting the decision to give automatic tickets to serving National Assembly members, 15 PDP aspirants submitted a petition through the state chapter to the national leadership.
According to the aspirants, the PDP would be heading for mass failure in the 2019 general elections if the position is maintained.
Some of the placards the protesters carried read: “We reject imposition of candidates,” “Automatic tickets will kill PDP in Cross River,” “Farewell to PDP in Cross River,” “Danger awaits Cross River PDP."
Addressing newsmen, a senatorial aspirant for the southern senatorial district and former chairman of the party in the state, Chief Ekpo Okon, said: “We are members of the PDP. Even the name of the party is anchored on the people and democracy and therefore we will stand firmly against it (automatic tickets). We will not blink and allow this to go on unchallenged.
“Now, the process has started. We paid our nomination forms and paid all fees required only for us to be called and told that the national working committee of our party has taken a position to direct that all incumbent members of the National Assembly should be returned unopposed.
“That means even if we go through the congresses, we do not stand any chance because they would send the names they have decided to send."
Other aspirants who were with Okon included Emil Inyang, Edward Ogon, Saviour Nyong, Don Claimz Enahme and Dr Godwin Amanke.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that several presidential aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) reportedly kicked against the decision of the party to reduce the number of the aspirants or choose a consensus candidate.
Recall that the party's Board of Trustees (BoT) after a meeting on Sunday, September 9, set up a committee to liaise with all the presidential aspirants to discuss the possibility of having a consensus candidate.
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