- The police have reportedly taken over the national secretariat of the ruling APC ahead of the swearing of the party’s new NWC members
- At the entrance of Blantyre Street, where the APC headquarters is located, the battle-ready police were seen on strategic standby
- However, hundreds of protesters at the party’s secretariat looked undeterred and continued to protest against the nomination of Adams Oshiomhole and James Faleke’s candidates
FCT, Abuja – Battle-ready police have laid besiege on the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the ruling party prepared to swear in newly appointed national working committee (NWC) members on Thursday, August 24.
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Hundreds of protesters storm APC national secretariat in Abuja
In the same vein, hundreds of protesters at the party’s national secretariat looked undeterred by the presence of the security officers.
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The party has been plunged into crisis following the announcement of Mary Alile Idele from Edo State as National Women Leader (South South Zone). She was said to be the candidate of Senator Adams Oshiomhole against Stella Odey-Ekpo, the choice of Beta Edu, the minister of Humanitarian Affairs.
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Also, the APC announced Duro Meseko (Kogi State) as the new Deputy National Publicity Secretary (North Central Zone) as a replacement for Yakubu Ajaka, who was reportedly recommended by James Faleke, over the candidate of Governor Bello.
Edu, the former women leader of the party, had earlier stormed the APC secretariat at about 6:20pm on Wednesday, August 23, to protest against the replacement of her candidate and was reported to have left the place 45 minutes after.
On his part, Governor Bello arrived at the secretariat and told journalists that he would not leave until the issue was solved. He said: “This issue must be sorted out today.”
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The president said this through his spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, adding that Keyamo was specifically chosen for the role because of the legal framework the industry needed.
Ngelale noted that Keyamo might not have flown a plane nor been a pilot, but anyone who understands the role policy and regulation play would not undermine Keyamo.