Ten out of twelve aspirants for the All
Progressives Party (APC) primaries have
alleged intimidation and harassment of
party officials by an “interest group.”
This was contained in a letter addressed to the
National Chairman, John Odigie Oyegun and
signed by the following aspirants; Prof
Osermiemen Osunbor, Pius Odubu, Chris
Ogiemwonyi, Charles Airhiavbere, Ken
Imasuagbon, Austin Emuan, Blessing
Agbomhere,Tina Agbarha, Emmanuel
Arigbe-Osula and Comrade Peter Esele.
The letter read in part; “There has remained
consistent harassment and intimidation of
party officials and political appointees on
account of their support for aspirants of their
“The latest of these acts of impunity and
desperation to win at all cost is the purchase
and or collections of Permanent Voters Cards
(PVCs) by force or inducement by agents of a
particular aspirant with a view to undermining
a free and fair process of nomination
beginning with accreditation of delegates.
“Most of the aspirants have been denied
access to delegates during campaigns by a
certain notorious thug who has consistently
threatened Oredo delegates against meeting
with aspirants other than hiss preferred
“In view of the incessant harassment and
intimidation of delegates, the party should
ensure that the right of the delegates to vote
in secrecy is protected an guaranteed.
“That the National Working Committee should
direct all those in possession of PVCs belonging
to any delegate (s) or any person to return he
PVCs to their owners forthwith or face sanction
from the party.
“That the National Working Committee shoul
direct the Nigeria Police and other security
agencies to arrest, investigate and prosecute
all those involved in the collection or purchase
of PVCs in Edo state.
They urged the National Working Committee
to engage security agencies before, during and
after the primaries.