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Group Lauds APC Over Nullification Of Bayelsa Primary

Posted: Sep 26, 2015 at 5:07 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma,Yenagoa

The Bayelsa Youth and Student Volunteers for Progressives Change (BYSVPC), a pro-All Progressives Congress (APC) group in Bayelsa State, has lauded the party’s National Working Committee (NEC) for nullifying Tuesday’s primary of the party in Yenagoa.

The group also gave kudos to the APC electoral committee chairman and Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, and members of the panel for not comprising truth and insisting that the right must be done.


In a communique yesterday signed by the national co-ordinator, Ayere Egbetein, Secretary, B.J. John and Publicity Secretary, Jonathan Okwa, the BYSVPC said the APC took the right decision to reject former Governor Timipre Sylva’s emergence as the governorship candidate.

Describing the exercise as a sham and fraudulent, the group said it found the cancellation a good development for the APC.

The BYSVPC noted that those who desired to get to power through the back door had been taught a lesson of their lives.

It condemned the intimidation and physical attacks on delegates and persons believed to be sympathetic to former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Timi Alaibe, at the Samson Siasia Stadium venue of the aborted primary.

It stated that the attacks were barbaric and depicted that the old ways of doing things that Bayelsa youths were clamouring to change were still there.

The group suggested to the APC’s national leadership that the rescheduled primary be moved to a neutral ground outside Bayelsa to avert a breakdown of law and order.

“We suggest that the rescheduled primary election be moved to a neutral ground outside the state. This will ensure safety and bring about credible elections or in the alternative, we pray the leadership of the party to increase the security apparatus at the venue of the rescheduled date to boost delegates confidence and public participation and build confidence in the APC.

“The party should work out a more credible process of accreditation of authentic delegates and where possible collaborate with the Independent National Electoral Commission to deploy more of its staff on identification of cloned PVCs to avoid impersonation and pseudo-delegates who are only engaged to thwart the good reputation of the party.

“As youths and students, we are the worst-hit in the emergence of any bad government. As people at the grassroots, we can only commend Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and the national leadership of the APC for taking the right step”, it said.