The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has approved the appointment of retired Brigadier-General Mansur Dan Ali as the chairman of the Bayelsa State gubernatorial primary election committee.
The election is expected to hold today.
Dan Ali replaced Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State who said that in spite of the heavy presence of security personnel dispatched to the
Samson Siasia Stadium, venue of the election, last Tuesday, thugs still found their way and disrupted the exercise.
Oshiomhole said in his report to the national headquarters of the APC that election did not hold on Tuesday as thugs took over the electoral process even as the police were helpless.
Speaking to our correspondent on the resolve to hold a new primary election, Sen Osita Izunaso, the national organizing secretary of the party, said authentic candidate of the party will emerge today.
“Because of what happened, we decided to get new set of people to conduct the primary and the chairman is Brig-General Masur Dan Ali.
“We have organised several conventions and primaries where we produced our candidates for various elections, but I don’t want to believe that the one in Bayelsa was problematic.
“All the 19 aspirants have agreed that they would participate and former governor Sylva is not resisting anything. I don’t want to go into the details of what happened and what did not happen because all the aspirants are abiding by the decision of the NWC. We heard from all the sides and we felt it is better to do a new exercise because we value the issue of internal democracy.”
Meanwhile, there was palpable tension in Bayelsa State over security issues, even as some of the governors expected to oversee the conduct of the primary poll have expressed concern over security of their lives.
Similarly, some of the aspirants have raised the issue of cloning of voters’ cards and international passports which would be used to clear delegates to vote in the election.
During the previous exercise, Timi Alaibe and other aspirants accused the Sylva camp of flooding the venue with fake delegates and cloned voter’s cards.
“‘The painful thing here is that even though some of us have reported to the relevant security agencies, nothing seems to be done in this regard and it is dangerous because this will hamper the process”, one of the aspirants, who would not like to be mentioned alleged.
Meanwhile, the campaign Organisation of former Governor Sylva, in a statement issued in Yenagoa, yesterday, boasted that its candidate will emerge victorious in the rescheduled election.