Bayelsa: Bloody Clashes at APC Primary As Oshiomhole, Alaibe Escape Death
…ALAIBE STORMS OUT, REJECTS PROCESS
The Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa, venue of the All Progressives
Congress (APC) governorship primary, was turned to a battle ground today
as supporters of two leading governorship aspirants, Ndutimi Alaibe and
Timipre Sylva engaged themselves in violent clashes which left scores,
including Alaibe, injured. It was a pathetic sight to see a political
event reduced to a combat.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole who is the Chairman of the APC Primary Committee
was swiftly whisked out of the venue when attackers were suspected to be
heading towards him.
Investigations revealed that trouble started when it was discovered by
Alaibe and his supporters that accredited delegates from Brass, the local
government of his arch-rival, Sylva, were far more than all delegates from
the other local governments combined. It was in a bid to challenge what
was seen as an anomaly by Alaibe and his supporters that a heated argument
ensued resulting in a free- for- all fight between the opposing camps.
In the process, Alaibe and many others sustained injuries. To demonstrate
his anger and disapproval of the electoral process, Alaibe was also said
to have stormed out of the venue with his supporters in protest.
Further investigation showed that many of those who participated in the
fracas were ordinarily not supposed to attend the primary because they
were not delegates but came as an organized party of thugs and militants
on both sides of Alaibe and Sylva to drum support for their respective
choice of aspirants.
The bloody violence in which all manner of weapons were freely used,
including broken bottles, cutlasses, knives and charms could have led to
loss of lives except for the quick intervention of the police and other
law enforcement agencies on ground.
Even as the police used tear gas to repel elements seen as hired thugs,
cultists and militants, a number of the victims loyal to Alaibe complained
bitterly that they were stabbed by Sylva's men.
All efforts by the Adams Oshiomhole committee responsible for the conduct
of the primary election to save the day proved abortive as Alaibe, in
company of his close associates, left the venue in obvious protest of the
situation. Many of his supporters were also seen joining him in their
mass exit from the Samson Siasia stadium venue.
Alaibe was said to be getting ready to address a press conference on the
issue later today.
Meanwhile, our findings also indicated that some of the governorship
aspirants have stepped down for the former governor, Timipre Sylva. As at
the time of filing this report, Sylva was leading in the number of votes
cast and likely to emerge winner.
The post Bayelsa: Bloody Clashes at APC Primary As Oshiomhole, Alaibe Escape Death appeared first on Pointblank News .