Cross River PDP youths protest choice of deputy governor
Youths from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Calabar South, Bakassi and Akpabuyo councils of Cross River State have protested the party’s choice of deputy governor for the 2023 general elections.
They staged a protest at the party’s secretariat with placards articulating their grievances.
They demanded that the party should allow stakeholders from their constituency to produce a woman to act as running mate to the governorship candidate, Senator Sandy Onor.
Emana Amahwe, who was one of the aspirants for the PDP House of Reps in the just-concluded primaries, lost in the election and was recently picked as a running mate to Onor.
But addressing the party exco at the secretariat, the PDP Chairman of ward 9, Edem Oyom, stated that the party should have carried out a thorough screening of individuals seeking to be running mates.
He said: “We are being sidelined. If this continues, the party will sink. What the party ought to do is proper screening of those nursing intention to work as Sandy’s running mate and thereafter pick an individual who possesses the requisite capacity to act as Sandy’s running mate.”
Addressing the protesters, Tony Idako called for calm, assuring them that their message would be relayed to the party Chairman, Mr Venatius Ikem, who was absent.
When contacted to react to the protest, Amahwe declined to speak on the issue.