For the umpteenth time, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has postponed the conduct of its Bayelsa governorship primary, which was supposed to hold on Saturday (today).
The rescheduling of the exercise was announced in a statement issued by Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC National Publicity Secretary, on Friday.
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The exercise will now hold between September 3 and 4.
According to the statement, the deferment was necessitated due to a court injunction.
“In deference to a court order, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has shifted the date for the Bayelsa governorship primary to Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4, September, 2019,” the terse statement read.
The APC had earlier on Wednesday announced a shift in the date of the primary from Thursday, August 29, to Saturday, August 31.
In the previous statement also issued by Issa-Onilu, the party had said the initial postponement was “in compliance with the decision of the APC National Executive Committee (NEC), which grants state chapters and majority of party leaders in a state the right to decide on the mode of primary they wish to adopt”.
The APC in Bayelsa State is currently beset in a crisis, as some party members favour the use of the direct primary mode announced by the party while others have voiced their opposition against the mode.
Subsequently, some members of the party in the state have filed a suit before the court, seeking a reversal of the party’s decision to adopt the direct mode for the primary.