Following the decision of the National Working Committee(NWC)of the All Progressives Congress(APC) to give automatic tickets to three senators from the state,Ondo APC youth on Thursday protested against the decision,describingit as imposition that could spell doom for the party ahead of the 2019 elections.
It will be recalled that on Tuesday the NWC of the party gave automatic tickets to the three serving senators from the state to contest the 2019 elections.
The senators are; Ajayi Boroffice (Ondo North) , Tayo Alasoadura(Ondo Central) and YeleOmogunwa ( Ondo South).
The protesters marched through the popular ObaAdesida Road down to the party secretariat along Oyemekun Road causing gridlock for hours in the metropolis.
They carried placards with different inscriptionssuch as, 'Oshiomhole's Action is Threat to Democracy' , 'Buhari Must Save APC' , OshiomholeMust Resign' amongst others.
Addressing journalists on behalf of the protesters, state youth leader of the party, Olutayo Babalayoslammed the national leadership of the party for not creating a level playing ground for all aspirants.
Babalayo said the decision of the national leadership was against the Constitution of the party,disclosing that every aspirants must be given a level playing ground.
His words, "We are saying no to imposition, we are saying no to automatic ticket to any aspirants, there must be a room for everybody to accommodate. We don't want criminality and impunity in our party, we ask for change and this is not the change we asked for.
"When Adams Oshiomhole took the leadership from John Odigie-Oyegun we taught everything will change for good but things as worse to unbearable condition. Oshiomhole has not really helped us. if you go to the APC constitution, article 20 states clearly that party primary must go direct, indirect and consensus, there is no room for automatic ticket in our constitution and we want to know how the leadership came about the automatic ticket.
"Youths of Ondo State are clamouring now that we don't want any automatic ticket to any aspirants, the leadership should allow everybody to contest.Ondostate is not a place Oshiomhole can use as testing ground.
" In view of this, we are saying no. Oshiomhole has betrayed us, the majority have said no to the minority because power belongs to everybody.
"We are coming to organise more rally against this across the state, we are also using this medium to send a signal to Senator AjayiBoroffice that if he cannot work together with those in the party, he should go to another party because political parties are many in Nigeria. The majority will not leave the party for minority, Borofficebelongs to minority.
"We will not allow any party primary to take place if that is not reverse in Ondo state. We are passing a vote of no confidence on Oshiomhole. We are for Buhari not for Oshiomhole."