Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Bayelsa, Mr Fortune Peniebi, has said 19 aspirants are to contest for the party’s gubernatorial primary election scheduled for today in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Peniebi told NAN yesterday that the aspirants include a former Governor, Timipre Sylva, and a onetime Chairman of Niger-Delta Development Commission, NNDC, Mr. Timi Alaibe.
Other aspirants are a former House of Representatives member, Mr Warman Ogoriba, a former Federal Government Permanent Secretary, Mr Imoro Okubo; Sen. Clever Ikisikpo and Mrs. Charity Vedelago.
`We are set to conduct a credible primary election and I believe we are going to produce the most popular candidate for the party.
“I am urging the aspirants to steer clear of violence because, as a party we are putting everything in place to conduct free and fair gubernatorial primary election in Bayelsa.
“We do not want tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) APC primary to create disunity among party members; APC has come to stay in Bayelsa.
“Together we will build the party and take over the “Creek Heaven” (Government House) in the interest of our people.
“APC is building on the solid rock in Bayelsa and we must succeed come Dec. 5; our people will see the change that they need,’’ he said.
The Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC, has fixed December 5, 2015 for the governorship election.
Meanwhile, Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomole yesterday met with the 19 gubernatorial aspirants of the party over the guidelines to be used for the conduct of the primaries in the state today.
Oshiomole, who led a 7-man Electoral Committee to Yenagoa for a meeting with the aspirants and other stakeholders of the APC, said the governorship primaries should be considered as a family affair and that the rules on the conduct of the primaries are not different from those used in Kogi and the national primaries of the party.
According to Oshiomole, a total of 1,508 delegates are expected to vote during the primaries with two Board of Trustees members and former governor, Chief Timipre Sylva and National Deputy Publicity Secretary of the party, Timi Frank as eligible voters.
He also announced Samson Siasia stadium as venue of the primaries, just as he confirmed that open ballot system will be adopted with the use of national identification card and voters’ card as means of identification for delegates.
Oshiomole told the crowd of aspirants that, “the election is a family activity. The family is meeting to deliberate on who can be entrusted with the party flag to contest the December 5 election. Already, the fact that we can seat together in Bayelsa is a good sign. If were to have this meeting last year, we would have to get bullet proof vest,” he said.

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