The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday ordered a fresh governorship ‎primary to select the party’s candidate for the December governorship election in Bayelsa state.
National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun said this at the end of the party’s National Working Committee meeting in Abuja yesterday.
One of the contestants, Timi Alaibe had asked APC to cancel the primary claimed to have been won by a former state governor and one of the aspirants, Timipre Sylva, who had insisted that he won the election conducted about a week ago.
The primary was said to have ended in a fiasco, after some hoodlums invaded the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa, venue of the party election, overseen by the Governor Adams Oshiomhole-led electoral committee.
Oshiomhole of Edo State, last week dismissed the reported emergence of former governor of Bayelsa State, Sylva, as the party’s governorship candidate for the December 5 election, saying no primaries took place on Tuesday as planned because of alleged disruption of the process by hired thugs.
He alleged that members of his committee, including himself, were kidnapped and held hostage by thugs allegedly loyal to one of the governorship aspirants, a former governor of the state, describing the incident as unfortunate.
APC has insisted that it will conduct fresh primaries in Bayelsa, starting on Tuesday.
The Timipre Sylva Campaign for the Bayelsa State 2015 gubernatorial election had last week dismissed media reports that that Governors Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun) had been drafted to join Oshiomhole for a new primary this week.
The campaign organisation, in a statement by Doifie Buokoribo, described the report as a “cruel hoax”, stressing that there was no way a fresh primary can be organised on Tuesday as it would amount to an act of “illegality.”
The Sylva campaign said, “Let us restate here that an APC candidate for the December 5, 2015 governorship election in Bayelsa State has emerged and that candidate is Chief Timipre Sylva. No amount of media manipulation can change that. This is a society of law and order.
“The latest disinformation through the media goes to show the level of desperation of some people who want the APC governorship ticket through the back door. An election was conducted, Sylva won, the whole world has seen it.
“Besides, there is no way a hopelessly compromised Oshiomhole, who has also openly displayed his bias, can be asked again to go and conduct an election in Bayelsa State. Even his masters know that will be unacceptable to Nigerians.
“Similarly, as at Saturday, 26 September 2015, Tambuwal is in far away New York attending the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) while Amosun is attending Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Are they going to conduct a virtual election?
“Despite the orchestrated lies and disinformation, the Sylva Campaign will again urge our teeming supporters to be law-abiding, peaceful but resolute. Victory is sure.”
Sylva, also recently dared the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun over the cancellation of last Tuesday’s primary of the party in Bayelsa State insisting that he remains the APC governorship candidate for the December 5, 2015 election.

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