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National Convention: Demonstration rocks APC national secretariat over ‘taxation’ of candidates

SSome members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stormed the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Friday to protest what they said were alleged attempts by some party bigwigs to impose National Works Committee members on them (NWC) at the March 26 national convention.

The demonstrators carried placards with various inscriptions, such as: “We will not leave our party in the hands of strangers; we hate taxation; taxation will do us no good”, among others.

President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly endorsed a former Nasarawa state governor, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, for the party’s national chairmanship ahead of the convention.

Protester spokesman Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf said the top echelon of the party should refrain from any form of taxation ahead of the convention.

“We say that the party should not impose any candidate on the people. Party members and delegates should be allowed to choose who will lead them nationally,” he said.

Another leader of the protesters, Muktar Akoshi, said: “Yes, everyone will give Mr. President the respect he deserves and will respect whatever he says, but we are sure he also knows the definition. of democracy. He knows that it is good to allow people to choose who governs them.