APC ward congress in Bayelsa was smooth, peaceful - Sylva

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A chairmanship aspirant for the All Progressives Congress in Jeremi Ward 10 (III), Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, Mr. Jeremiah Oghoveta, has been reportedly stabbed to death.

"Those were few of the measures we took and to the glory of Allah; the preparedness of the party leaderships at all levels in the state, the exercise is a huge success".

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday in Daura, Katsina State, met behind closed doors with Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo and Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara. Malam Umar Riga Chukun, Chairman APC awareness Forum In Riga Chukun, said that a victor emerged with 25 votes beating his closest opponent, who got 14 votes.

Only delegates from Marte, a local government still partly under the control of the Boko Haram, were permitted to have their ward congresses in Monguno town.

The ward congresses in Adamawa and Oyo states were conducted on May 6 as against May 5 following political misunderstandings among top APC members and stakeholders in the states.

It was further decided that party members should be briefed by the congress committee from Abuja before the commencement of the exercise.

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Mr Mustafa participated in the exercise in his Ward at Gwadabawa in Jimeta area of Yola.

The party chieftain, who was the first publicity secretary of the APC in Borno State at the birth of the party in 2014, said "credit must be given to the state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, for ensuring total discipline and respect for the constitution of the party during the congress".

They described the handing over of election materials to the Secretary to the Government of Katsina State Dr Mustapha Inuwa as an attempt to enforce a predetermined outcome by shutting out some contestants.

Apart from the fracas that marred the exercise, there were also allegations of hijacking of electoral materials in most APC states with over a dozen people reportedly killed and scores with various degrees of injuries.

He said any aggrieved individual should submit their misgivings to a special Appeal Committee that just arrived the State to see to such complaints.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Chris Ezike, was said to have held a closed-door meeting with the APC leaders for five hours.

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