This is a developing story from Bayelsa state where the All Progressives Congress (APC) attempted to conduct its governorship primary on Tuesday. Unlike the case in Kogi State which held its primary two weeks ago, the Bayelsa election was marred by violence as thugs disrupted the process.
According to reports from the Samson Siasia stadium where the delegates gathered to vote, thugs loyal to one of the candidates, Timipreye Sylva, caused mayhem at the venue pelting delegates with stones. Other candidates had to leave the venue for security reasons and the chairman of the election committee, Gov. Adams Oshiomhole was reportedly smuggled out of the venue by security officials.
In the midst of this, reports emerged that Ex-Gov. Timipre Sylva has been declared winner. By whom? A man called Hon. Nelson Alapa, who is a member of the Adams Oshiomhole committee. All eyes are now on Gov. Oshiomhole and the party leadership to see whether the result will be allowed to stand.
Sylva won with a total of 726 votes with Warman Ogoriba coming a distant second with 10 votes. Chief Timi Alaibe had four votes.
Others are Chief Romeo 10 votes, Francis Ebite 6, Christopher Enai 5, Augustine Febor 1, Charity Vedelago 4, Dikivie Ikiogha 1, Ebitimi Amgbare 1, Imoro Kubor 1 with eight void votes.
Accepting his nomination, Sylva assured the people that he would not let them down.
Sylva said: “When finally we win, we would sweep all garbage out of government.”
The man who came second, Ogoriba, conceded defeat on behalf of other aspirants.
He said election was free and fair.
But some of the aspirants like Timi Alaibe and Preye Aganaba are protesting already, calling the election a charade.