The returning officer for the Bayelsa 2019 All Progressives Congress (APC) Gubernatorial Primary, Mai Mala Buni, on Tuesday, said the party and all the aspirants have resolved to adopt direct mode for its primary.
The Governor of Yobe State, speaking to newsmen shortly after the meeting attended by Minister for State for Petroleum, Chief Timoipre Sylva; former Senator, Heineken Lokpobiri; Engr. Preye Aganaba; Ebitimi Ambgari and David Lyon in Yenagoa said the party primary would now hold on September 4th.
He said “all the aspirants are on the page now. So the party has adopted direct primary and it has been postponed to September 4th.
“My advice to aspirants and delegates of the party to remember that we are all members of APC. We are one big family. So we should all come together and work for unity and progress of the party ahead of the election.”
Tribune Online gathered that the meeting was convened shortly after a Bayelsa State High Court sitting in Yenagoa vacated an interim order restraining the party from adopting direct primary for its September 3rd governorship primary.
The presiding judge, Justice E. G Omukoro, vacated the order on the grounds that the court lacks the jurisdiction to hear the case that bothers on a pre-primary election of a political party.
Tribune Online gathered that Justice E. G. Omukoro granted the order upon hearing a motion ex parte moved by the applicant’s counsel, Gideon Elebe, last week before vacating it today.
Also speaking, Engr. Aganaba, a governorship aspirant of the APC said all the aspirants have decided to sheath their swords and settle for the direct primary, saying that the decision of the party is supreme.
“We are optimistic that the primary would be free, fair and rancour free. Whoever wins at the primary I will give the candidate my full support.”