Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Stakeholders and youths of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Opobo/Nkoro Local government Area of Rivers State yesterday protested over what they described as marginalization of political appointment in the area.
The protesters who barricaded major road in Opobo/Nkoro Local government area, said the protest was necessary as to alert the governor of Rivers State ,Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike on the need for equity and fairness.
One of the protesters, Senibo Epelle who expressed displeasure over the way and manner the stakeholders of the party in the area were being denied of political appointment, said the recent Caretaker Committee members were appointed without due consultation.
Epelle said the choice of the Caretaker Committee members fell short of the expectation, adding that the party bigwigs must have a rethink and cannot be appointing their drivers, family members and friends into political positions that are meant for the PDP members in the area.
He said: “I personally thought that our former Chairman,
Hon. Adonye Diri will be different from other CTC chairmen. But he has also proven me wrong. One thing is certain; the governor must surely address this marginalization which we have suffered since his administration came on board.
“We are calling on the governor to look into this matter objectively and make sure this kind of thing doesn’t occur again. We want them to know that elections have not ended; we still have 2019 by the corner.”
One of the PDP chieftains in the area, Hon. Senibo Boma Brown who called for peace among the stakeholders assured the protesters that the grievances expressed by the party members will be addressed.
Boma, described the current CTC appointed in the area as the worst, alleging that it was made up of people who did not fight for PDP.