…Sylva Remains My Brother – Oshiomhole
The All Progressive Congress (APC) yesterday officially annulled it’s primaries in Bayelsa State against the wish of Governor Timipre Sylva claims saying that the process for a fresh and credible primaries will begin today. Addressing journalists at the party secretariat in Abuja, Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun said that the party guards jealousy its records of free and fair primaries.
The Chairman who was flanked by members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party explained that the party has a duty to provide a level playing ground for all aspirants. “The main issue that occupied us today at the NWC meeting had to do with the Bayelsa Governorship primaries; we want to make it very clear that as a party the APC guards very jealously its records of free and fair primaries.
“The NWC sees it as a duty to provide a level playing ground for all those who aspire to offices in this party, unfortunately, Bayelsa state at Yenogao we had serious security challenges and so the process could not meet the standards which this party has set for itself and so we had no alternative but to stop the process by ensuring that the chairman of the panel was effectively moved out of the venue with the help of security agencies.
“We decided thereafter that there should be a proper, fresh primaries, so today the party decided, we have written to INEC appropriately decided to conduct fresh primaries for the Bayelsa governorship election beginning tomorrow (today). “We are getting in touch with the Inspector general of police and all the other security agencies to please assist us in ensuring effective security, “Oyegun told journalists.
Also speaking earlier with journalists, Governor Adams Oshiomhole when asked if he had a bitter experience conducting the primaries in Bayelsa state said that the happenings at the venue of the primaries was not secret.
“I really don’t want to go back to those issues, these are not issues that transpired in a bedroom I do hope that some day we get to a point where even the media must defend the democratic space, concerning what happened in the stadium I have seen independent reports, gun shots were being fired, AK 47 were recovered 2 of them, Pump action, live ammunition.
– Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja