Ahead of its governorship primaries in Bayelsa State, the National Working Committee, NWC, of All Progressives Congress, APC, has cancelled the suspension of its members in the state to enable them participate in the exercise on Saturday.
National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, announced this in a statement yesterday.
Signed by the Deputy National Secretary of APC, Timi Frank, the statement also affirmed that the Bayelsa State delegates list to be used for the governorship primaries was intact contrary to the speculations that it had been tempered with.
Oyegun said: “Following reports of threat and intimidation of members of our great party in Bayelsa State, in view of the party’s governorship primaries scheduled for September 19, 2015, and a meeting by the national leadership of the party with the 19 aspirants on the platform of the party in Abuja today (yesterday), after carefully listening to their complaints against the state executive, the National Working Committee has affirmed the existing delegates list to be used for the primaries.
It has annuled any suspension whatsoever placed on any member of the party in the state. APC party executives at all levels are to maintain strict neutrality before and during the primaries.”
The statement further assured the aspirants and all members of the party in the state that “the primaries will be free and fair as the national leadership of APC has no preferred candidate for the primaries.”
While calling on all the governorship aspirants and elected delegates to fully participate in the primaries, the National Chairman also urged them to accept the outcome of the primaries, stressing that “national leadership of the APC would not tolerate a situation where aspirants or their supporters are being harassed and intimidated in anyway.”