About 1, 600 delegates would be voting during Saturday’s Bayelsa governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The figure was disclosed on Monday when the leadership of the party met the aspirants at the national secretariat of the party,
The APC governorship primaries would be contested by 19 aspirants including former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, former chairman of Niger Delta Development Commission, Timi Alaibe, former Commissioner for Works, Engr. Ebitei Francis and former Ambassador Emmanuel Otiotio.
18 aspirants were at the closed door meeting with the national leadership of APC headed by its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
Sylva was the only aspirant absent at the meeting.
An aspirant at the meeting, Engr. Ebitei Francis, who spoke with journalists after the meeting, stated that they would guard against doctoring of the delegates. According to him, the delegates’ list that was used for the National and State Assembly elections would be the delegates’ list to be used.
He dismissed any allegation of any one stepping down for any aspirant or any aspirant hijacking the delegates.
The only female aspirant, Mrs Tonye Areapa, who also spoke, told journalists that she had not stepped down for anybody.