Aspirants, seeking the APC tickets for legislative positions in Edo State on Thursday protested against an alleged plot by the state APC to grant the incumbent lawmakers automatic tickets for the 2019 elections.

Spokesman for the aggrieved aspirants, Adaeze Imafidon, told journalists at the APC screening, which started in Abuja on Thursday, that the plot was real.

Imafidon who is one of the aspirants vying for Orhionmwon/Uhumwonde Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, described the move to foist a consensus arrangement on them as fraudulent and illegal.

He alleged that the APC chapter of the Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State unilaterally announced the names of three returning lawmakers – Patrick Aisowieren (Orhionmwon/Uhumwonde Federal Constituency), Nosayaba Okunbor (Orhionmwon East Constituency) and Roland Asoro (Orhionmwon South Constituency) as consensus candidates.

He said the decision was in brazen disregard of the procedure for nominating candidates for consensus candidature issued by the APC National Working Committee.

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