Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Primary for Bayelsa State, was today escorted out of the venue by security forces as the event ran into a major hitch and the accreditation of delegates was suspended.
The accreditation, which began as early as 9a.m. at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa, the state capital, was suspended at about 2 pm following disagreements amongst the aspirants who alleged that delegates loyal to them were being denied access to the venue.
Policemen used teargas to disperse some of the delegates who were involved in a scuffle. The injured were rushed to the nearby Federal Medical Centre.
The development compelled Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo, who chairs the seven-member APC supervisory body, to hold an emergency meeting with the 19 aspirants.
Despite lasting for two hours, the meeting could not resolve the contentious issues, and some of the aspirants left the venue with their supporters.
Timi Alaibe, one of the aspirants, called for a postponement of the primary to enable all eligible delegates to participate in the exercise and asked his supporters to leave the venue.
Governor Oshiomhole left the venue at about 5p.m., escorted by the Commander of the Joint Task Force, without addressing the remaining partly delegates as the accreditation resumed a few minutes afterwards.
Former governor Timipre Sylva was one of the three aspirants who remained to participate in the election with five other boycotting.