Chief John Odigie Oyegun

APC cancels Bayelsa primaries

*Cuts short Timpre Sylva’s alleged victory

By Oluwole Francis

All Progressives Congress (APC) has nullified Tuesday’s rancorous governorship primary election in Bayelsa state in which the former governor, Timipre Silva, claimed victory.

The party’s National Chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on Wednesday said that the party’s primaries in Bayelsa State which was to hold last Tuesday has been rescheduled to a yet to be approved date.

Oyegun, who spoke in Abuja Wednesday said the primaries had to be rescheduled as a result of security challenges.
“The primaries has been rescheduled. It had to be called off due to security challenges.”

Reports has it that 14 aspirants at the primaries led by Timi Alaibe staged a walk-out during the Tuesday’s primary election alleging irregularities in the process.

The Chairman of the Committee for the primary, Governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole was said to have been escourted out the venue of the event, at the Yenagoa stadium, by the JTF security operatives to avoid being lynched.
Also speaking on the outcome of the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, said the primary election did not hold in Bayelsa.

Frank, alleged that one of the aspirants and former Governor Timipre Sylva had held a member of the committee under duress to declare him the party’s candidate.

Frank also said that both the chairman of the committee, Governor Adam Oshiomole of Edo state and the secretary were not part of the ‘kangaroo’ primary, even as they were not present when the former governor was declared.

Speaking to journalists in a phone interview, Wednesday, the APC deputy national publicity secretary, said the party will soon come up with a position on the primary and choose a day when an acceptable primary election will be conducted.

“I am speaking as a concerned citizen of Bayelsa that this primary is not acceptable anywhere. In a situation where all other aspirants walked out of the venue and a particular aspirant put a member of the primary election committee under duress to declare him a winner, with the chairman of committee, Oshiomhole and the secretary not present.

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