The All Progressives Congress (APC) has decided to fix Tuesday, September 29 for a fresh governorship primary in Bayelsa state.
The APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun made the announcement at the end of its National Working Committee meeting in Abuja, The Nation reports.
According to the APC chairman, last week’s governorship primary in the state failed to meet its acceptable standard of free and fair election and therefore will not stand.
Odigie-Oyegun said: “The main issue that occupied us today at the NWC meeting has to do with the Bayelsa governorship primary. We want to make it very clear that as a party, the APC guides very jealously its record of free and fair primary.
“The NWC sees it as a duty to provide a level playing ground for all those who aspire to offices in this party. Unfortunately, in Bayelsa State, we had serious security challenges and so, the process could not meet the standard which this party has set for itself.”
He noted that the party had written to the Independent National Electoral Commission that they were conducting a fresh governorship primary.
“We are getting in touch with the Inspector General of Police and other security agencies to please assist us by ensuring effective security,” Odigie-Oyegun added.
The APC governorship primaries which held last Tuesday, September 22, had been nullified due to security challenges. The Bayelsa guber primary 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.
However, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state, the Chairman of the Committee for the primary had said the election 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.
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