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APC chairman, ex-militant leader attack Sylva over deputy governor’s slot

07 October 2015, 15:24

Abuja - The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State over who should be the running mate to Timipre Sylva, the party’s governorship candidate in the December 5 governorship election in the state shifted to Abuja on Tuesday, reports Newmail.

A meeting called to resolve the crisis ended in a scuffle.

At the meeting, which was held in the Abuja palatial home of Sylva, there were a lot of hot verbal exchanges.

Also read: APC chairman, Sylva clash over running mate

In the heat of the verbal exchanges, the state chairman of the party, Tiwe Oruminigbe and an ex-militant leader, General Africa, physically assaulted Sylva.

General Africa was said to have slapped Sylva and a full blown fight erupted.

An eye witness account said the ensuing fight caused destruction of some household items.

Since the the former governor emerged as candidate of the party, there have been a relentless battle over who becomes his deputy as the jostle for the slot kept shifting from one supposedly anointed person to the other.

It's believed that Sylva had all along promised no fewer than six persons his running mate’s slot but none of them has so far been named.

Earlier on Tuesday, youths loyal to Oruminigbe stormed the party’s state secretariat in Yenagoa and destroyed campaign materials belonging to  Sylva

Read more at Newmail.

- News 24


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