All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship primary election delegates and some concerned youths of Bayelsa State have lauded the national leadership of the party for cancelling the party’s primary held on Tuesday.
The delegates under the auspices of Bayelsa Youth and Student Volunteers BYSVPC, for Progressive Change, also commended Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, and his electoral committee members for standing by the truth and insisting that the right thing must be done.
The BYSVPC in a communiqué signed by the national coordinator, Ayere Egbetein, secretary, B.J. John and publicity secretary, Mr. Jonathan Okwa, yesterday described the primary where former Governor Timipre Sylva purportedly emerged as candidate as a sham and fraudulent.
The group said it found the cancellation a good development for the APC, stressing that those who desired to get to power through the back door had been taught a lesson of their lives.
It condemned the intimidation and physical attacks on delegates and persons believed to be loyal to former managing director of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Chief Timi Alaibe, at the venue of the botched primary.
The group said the attacks were barbaric and depicted that the old order of things Bayelsa youths were clamouring to change was still there.
The BYSVPC recommended to the national leadership of the APC that the rescheduled primary be moved to a neutral ground outside Bayelsa State to forestall breakdown of law and order.
It said, “We suggest that the rescheduled primary election be moved to a neutral ground outside the state. This will ensure safety and bring about credible elections or in the alternative, we pray the leadership of the party to over the security apparatus at the venue of the rescheduled date to boost delegates’ confidence and public participation and build confidence in the APC.
“The party should work out a more credible process of accreditation of authentic delegates and where possible collaborate with the Independent National Electoral Commission to deploy more of its staff on identification of cloned PVCs to avoid impersonation and pseudo delegates
who are only engaged to thwart the good reputation of the party.
“As youths and students, we are the worst hit in the emergence of any bad government. As people at the grassroots, we can only commend Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and the national leadership of the APC for taking the right step. “

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