The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has postponed indefinitely the screening of its presidential aspirants earlier slated for today, Monday May 23, 2022.
This was contained in a statement released by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Felix Morka on Sunday May 22, 2022 saying a new date will be announced in due course.
Though no reason was given for the alteration of its timetable, the party has been consistent in violating its timetable and schedule of activities for the 2023 general election.
It was claimed that the reason why the ruling party has been adjusting its timetable is to outsmart the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The statement reads: “The Screening Exercise for Presidential Aspirants of the All Progressives Congress APC earlier scheduled to be held on Monday, May 23rd, 2022, is hereby postponed.
“A new date for the exercise will be announced shortly. Any inconvenience caused is deeply regretted.”
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Meanwhile, the ongoing primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been fraught with controversy in different parts of the country.
In Niger state, it was gathered that the House of Representatives and Assembly primaries which started late could not be completed in Gbako Local following the violence that broke out between supporters of two frontline aspirants – Alhaji Gimba Tswatagi and Alhaji Nma Busokun.
Similarly, in Bayelsa, the exercise reportedly turned violent at Constituency One in the Ogbia Local Government Area as a man identified as Michael Isaiah, nicknamed ‘Tompolo’, was reportedly shot dead.
According to reports, violence broke out at the venue of the exercise following a heated argument over the validity of the delegates list to be used for voting in the constituency, which resulted in sporadic shootings.
A similar scenario was said to have played out in the party primaries in Isoko constituency of Delta State. The exercise was marred with crisis as unknown gunmen stormed the election venue, shooting sporadically shortly after the election results were announced.
The state legal adviser of the party, Bernard Odion, had won with 23 votes thus beating the incumbent, Jude Ogbimi, who polled one vote. The invading gunmen were said to have stormed the venue in three Toyota Sienna vehicles shortly after the primary election results had been declared.
They subsequently began to shoot indiscriminately into the air thus forcing party members, supporters, and security personnel to scamper for dear lives.
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In another development, an aspirant contesting for PDP’s ticket for the Boluwaduro/Ifedayo/Ila Federal Constituency in Osun State, Seyi Bamidele, alleged that some delegates were abducted during the primary.
Bamidele, who is the current PDP South West Zonal Youth Leader, also said the primary was fraught with anomalies and demanded an immediate response from the leadership of the party in the state. According to him, those abducted are delegates in the Ifedayo State Assembly primary held in Oke Ila.
It was also gathered that the primary election could not hold in Ogun state due to crisis on delegates list
At Ibadan South East House of Assembly Constituency II, the Deputy National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja and Chairman of Pacesetter Transportation Service Company, Dare Adeleke, were alleged to have prevented some delegates from participating.
However, the Akwa Ibom State Assembly and House of Representatives primaries were conducted peacefully throughout the state which produced the party’s candidates for the 26 state constituencies and 10 federal constituencies in the state.
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