All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday postponed its rescheduled gubernatorial primary in Bayelsa state to hold today in the state capital, Yenagoa.
Reacting to the postponement, Timi Alaibe Campaign Organisation alleged that some powerful forces in APC intend to use a fresh delegates list, to subvert the will of the people for rescheduled Bayelsa primary.
According to them, if that happens the APC would have fatally injured her reputation as a credible party in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the campaign team of the Timipre Sylva Campaign Organisation, has described the invalidation of the primary election as unfortunate.
In a statement issued in Yenagoa on Tuesday by Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, the campaign team told its supporters to remain calm and steadfast, saying, “Ultimately, our victory is sure.”
The National Working Committee, NWC, of APC had on Monday cancelled the primary election for the 5 December governorship election in the state following a controversial report submitted by the party’s Electoral Committee headed by Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
However, the Timipre Sylva Campaign Organisation said, “The cancellation of the 22 September primary, where Chief Timipre Sylva was overwhelmingly voted by the APC family in our state to fly the party’s flag at the 5 December governorship election, is unfortunate.
“But as loyal and faithful party folks we have the serenity to accept the decision in the larger interest of our great party.
“We urge our teeming supporters to remain peaceful and unruffled, rest assured that all is well.
“Ultimately, our victory is sure. Our hope cannot be annulled. Our mission to rescue Bayelsa State from the grip of maladministration and underdevelopment is a task that must be accomplished.
“We should come out more massively than ever before this Wednesday, 30 September, to repeat the overwhelming endorsement you gave Sylva on 22 September. Together, we shall give the lie to the report of our detractors.”
As at the time of filling this report last night Chairman Mr. Rauf Aregbeshola and his team are yet to arrive Yenagoa.
Meanwhile, national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday chided the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, over its inability to conduct free, fair and credible primaries.
Controversy had dogged the conduct of the APC governorship primaries in Bayelsa state culminating in the cancellation of the primaries by the national leadership of the party on Monday.
Speaking at the PDP national secretariat, Abuja during a ceremony to ceremony to hand over certificate of return to Governor Idris Wada of Kogi state and his Bayelsa state counterpart, Seriake Dickson, the party’s Acting national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, volunteered to lecture the APC on how to conduct credible primary election.
He said PDP is proud with the conduct of its governorship primaries in Kogi and Bayelsa state, stressing that the party has deepened internal democracy in the country.
“We are full of joy that we can beat our chest that we have deepened internal democracy. The Kogi primary was beamed live and watched by over 150 people.
“People called me, including members of other parties, that this is free, fair primaries.
“The transparency has rekindled confidence in everyone that every qualified person can contest PDP primaries.
“APC should borrow a leave on how we conducted Kogi and Bayelsa primaries.”
He said the PDP is confident of winning the governorship election in Kogi and Bayelsa states, which he described as “traditional PDP states” in the past 16 years.
Prince Secondus said no amount of propaganda and rumour can take the two states away from the two states.
He warned security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to ensure they conduct the elections in strict compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act.
He also bemoaned the state of the nation saying the APC-led federal government has failed to deliver on the change they promised Nigerians during the electioneering campaign.
“APC promised change and we have not seen any change. Companies are relocating from Nigeria, people are losing jobs, the people are suffering. Is this change Nigerians want,” he asked.
In his response after collecting his certificate of return Governor Wada expressed appreciation to the national leadership of the party for the transparent conduct of the primaries in the state.
He thanked NWC for galvanizing all the aspirants after the primaries saying PDP in Kogi came out of the primaries stronger.
Governor Kogi also expressed confidence that PDP will win the November 24 election.
In his own response Governor Dickson said as at the moment he is the only candidate that has a certificate of return in Bayelsa state and the APC is still enmeshed in crisis over its candidate.
He described as show of shame the violence that characterized the APC primaries in Bayelsa state.
Governor Dickson added that PDP is roaring to go into the final stage of the campaign, saying the people of Bayelsa will speak on December 5 with their voters’ cards in favour of PDP.

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