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APC “quarantines” delegates


The All Progressive Congress, APC, governorship aspirants in Bayelsa state has allegedly quarantined delegates to vote for them at the party’s primary slated for September 22, 2015.
Reports say the aspirants have stashed many delegates away in hotels outside Bayelsa state such as Omoku, Port Harcourt and Warri.
It is alleged that the delegates were given a daily feeding allowance of N3, 000 each and their movement is restricted outside.
A source said that this is a new political practice in the state since the state was created in 1996 in spite of the fact that never in the 16 years of democratization has even the maligned PDP ever contemplated to enact let alone in transporting delegates out of the state in order to deny their opponents the democratic right to sell their ideas to the delegates.
The source wondered if this is the kind of change Bayelsans are expecting from a party that promised to be a viable alternative to the PDP.
It could be recalled that during the road to the APC Presidential Primary between Atiku, Buhari and others, aspirants not only fly delegates to Lagos, they also secured hotel accommodation for them.
However, it is true that aspirants transported and accommodated delegates to Lagos but they were neither restricted the movement of such delegates nor prevented other aspirants from meeting them to solicit their support.  
It is also said that when APC came calling in Bayelsa many people who could have added weight to the party were scared to be a part but the guys who got nothing to lose joined and today they are the super delegates and executives of the party.
All efforts to contact the state Publicity Secretary of the party proved abortive as phone calls put to him rang out.
In another development, the national headquarters of APC has debunked reports that making round in Yenagoa City that the party adopted a consensus candidate for its primary election, adding that the APC maintains internal democracy.  
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