All Progressives Congress to conduct fresh governorship primaries in Bayelsa State

The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has stated that the party will conduct a fresh governorship primary election in Bayelsa State, explaining that the exercise held on Tuesday was marred by security flaws.

Oyegun, who spoke in Abuja, did not however, state the date for the fresh election.

This came as chairman of the 7-man electoral committee, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, yesterday dismissed the reported emergence of former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, as the party’s governorship candidate for the December 5 election, saying no primaries took place on Tuesday as planned because of alleged disruption of the process by hired thugs.

He alleged that members of his committee, including himself, were kidnapped and held hostage by thugs allegedly loyal to one of the governorship aspirants, who is a former governor of the state, describing the incident as unfortunate.

Oshiomhole said his committee had since forwarded a report to the National Secretariat of APC, suggesting new date for the primaries to enable the authentic delegates to be properly accredited, in line with the guidelines of the party as used in Kogi State.

In the meantime, former Governor Sylva has described as a deliberate act of mischief and lies the claims by the Edo State Governor that he truncated the electoral process during the disputed governorship primaries of the party in the state.

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