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Tension in Bayelsa APC over governorship primary

28 September 2015, 17:12

Yenogoa  There is palpable tension in the Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), reports The Sun.

The tension follows the controversy trailing the party’s governorship primary election held on September 22 at the Samson Siasia sports complex.

APC had ordered the cancellation of the primary election following an alleged disruption of the exercise by thugs loyal to one of the contestants. former governor, Timipre Sylva.

The cancellation has since spark-off a row between the chairman of the electoral committee, Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and Sylva.

Also read: APC wants Sylva to step down for Alaibe in Bayelsa guber poll

While giving his own account of the botched primary, Oshiomhole accused thugs loyal to Sylva of invading the stadium, thus making it impossible for the exercise to be conducted in an orderly and credible manner.

However, in a counter statement,  Sylva insisted that he had been duly elected as the APC candidate for the December 5 governorship election in the state and that no amount of manipulation can change that.

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party has just two days left to take a final decision on the primary election.

In line with the guidelines released by the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) on the December 5 governorship election in the state, the party has up till Wednesday to submit the name of its candidate for the election.

Read more at The Sun

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