Oyo council poll: PDP members protest candidate imposition
By Ojo Peter, Ibadan
Members of the People’s Democratic Party in Oyo East local government area on Friday staged a protest to the Oyo State Governors Office, Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan.
The protesters are kicking against the alleged imposition of candidates for the planned local government election coming up in May.
The protesters who carried placards and chanted solidarity songs to express their displeasure insisted that the party should conduct primaries for the candidates to contest the election on the platform of the party.
Some of the inscriptions on the placards read “Oyo East LG says no to imposition”, “Oyo East PDP wants pry election please”, “LG Primary election save us from imposition in Oyo East LG Council”, “We want free and fair primary election. We want free, fair primary election”.
Others read: “Oyo state PDP elders and stakeholders flashback, remember what killed PDP. They don’t wish the masses well”, “We say no to imposition of candidate”, “Don’t open door for mass defection ahead of 2023 Oyo East local government PDP warns” and “Imposition kills party, don’t use it” among others.
In their various remarks, the leaders of the protesters alleged that the party leaders were planning to impose some ‘unpopular candidates’ who have already served as caretaker chairmen.
Addressing the protesters, the chief of staff to the governor, Chief Bisi Ilaka urged the protesters to be peaceful and channel their grievances to the party leadership at the party secretariat.