Three delegates for the gubernatorial primaries of the People Democratic party from Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State have allegedly been killed by bandits.
The Chairman of the Electoral Committee and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo announced this at the State PDP Secretariat, venue of the primaries in Minna today May 26.
According to Ewhrudjakpo, the delegates were killed on Wednesday, May 25, while returning to Mariga after the party postponed the primaries due to a protest by some of the aspirants who expressed distrust with the delegates list.
”We left Minna in the late hours when PDP postponed the Governorship Primaries to Thursday, and that we should go and bring our voter’s card or any means of identification.
We were retuning home to get our means of identification and on the road we ran into bandits who opened fire on our vehicle. Though we were able to escape since the driver was not hit, but, four people died instantly.”a delegate Shehu Haruna said
He said the local government which shares border with Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna has served as hideouts for bandits who terrorise regularly.