The National Leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has confirmed that it is investigating the involvement of the some members of the state working committee of the party in Bayelsa State over alleged involvement in cases of threat against delegates expected to vote during the September 19th governorship primaries of the party in the state.
The Bayelsa chapter of the APC was allegedly gripped with fear over the reported threats issued by some executives of the party against delegates in the forthcoming governorship primaries of the party.
While some factions of the party led by Chief Richard Kpodo claimed the alleged threat was issued by the Chief Tiwei Orunimigha led executive to favour the former governor, some pro-APC groups claimed the threats were issued to frustrate new comers and other governorship aspirants from interacting and convincing delegates to vote them during the Primaries.
The State chairman of the party, Chief Tiwei Orunimigha has however denied the allegation, saying he was not privy to who will be delegates and that only the national leadership of the APC knows the required guidelines to adopt for the forth-coming governorship primary.
“All I know is that only the national leadership knows what to do about the primary, I don’t know the delegates and people are bound to say whatever they want; we know those doing it. I am for all aspirants and cannot be biased as people are alleging; this is a party we built with our sweat and blood so we will not allow outsiders to hijack,” Orunimigha said.
A member of the National Working Committee of the Party, who spoke anonymously, claimed that the allegations of intimidation and threats against delegates is upsetting the party leadership and setting a dangerous direction because we need to win the Bayelsa governorship election. It is unheard of that the state chairman of the party has been threatening delegates, the member said