Thursday, 24 September 2015

Bayelsa: APC Nullifies Sylva's Victory, Reschedules Primary

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries which held on Tuesday, September 22, has been nullified.

According to the party’s national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the primaries had to be called off due to security challenges, This Day reports.

He said the party has rescheduled the primaries yet-to-be approved date.

Timi Frank, the deputy national publicity secretary of the party, had earlier told newsmen that there was no primary election in the state.

He disclosed that one of the aspirants forced his will on the electoral committee, which led to the disruption of the exercise.

One of the aspirants, Timi Alabe was said to have led 14 out of 19 aspirants to stage a walk-out during the Tuesday primary election alleging irregularities in the process.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state, the Chairman of the Committee for the primary was was reportedly escorted out the venue of the event by the JTF security operatives to avoid being lynched.

The Bayelsa state APC guber primary election which held at Samson Siasia  Stadium, Yenagoa, had produced Timipre Sylva as the winner and the party’s flag bearer in the poll slated for December 5.

Bu Governor Oshiomhole disclosed that the primary did not take place, describing Sylva’s victory as a ‘huge joke‘.

Reacting to this, Sylva had described Oshiomhole’s claims as a deliberate “act of mischief” and “lies”, saying it was very clear Oshiomhole never wanted to conduct the primaries as scheduled, judging from the manner in which he conducted himself during the primaries.