By Rosemary Madu
Ahead of the forthcoming elections into local governments and local council development areas, aspirants in the Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have protested against alleged plans to impose candidates on the party.
To justify their arguments, some of the aspirants yesterday protested against plans by some leaders of the party to imposed candidates, especially in Alimosho Local Government and its five other LCDAs.
Speaking during the protest march Monday, the members, numbering over 500, and carrying placards with various inscriptions, urged the PDP leadership in the local government and the state to ensure that direct primaries were used to select candidates.
Specifically, they allegedly accused the local government chapter of the party of showing preference for non-members at the expense of members. They threadened to vote against the party if transparency was not observed in the process of picking candidates.
Speaking on behalf of the aggrieved aspirants, an aspirant for the chairmanship of Agbado-Oke-Odo LCDA, Alhaja Tawa Oyebamiji-Bakare, said the leadership of the party in the area had decided to flout PDP rules on selection of candidates by hand picking flag bearers.
“We are surprised that the leadership of our party is not being transparent in the way it is picking the candidates of the party. We (the candidates) are being sidelined. The only thing we know is that we hear from grave vine that some people are being chosen to represent the party, people who are not known top the party,” Oyebamiji-Bakare said.
Also, non-indigenes yesterday also protested attempts by some party leaders to exclude them and their candidates from the participating in the forthcoming polls.