Bandits Killed 3 Niger State PDP Delegates

Three delegates who were supposed to vote in the People Democratic Party’s gubernatorial primaries on Wednesday were slain by bandits.

The delegates from Niger State’s Mariga Local Government Area were slain while returning home to collect a form of identification that would allow them to be accredited.

Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Chairman of the Electoral Committee and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, said this in Minna on Thursday.

After a protest by four of the five hopefuls regarding the authenticity of the delegates’ list, the delegates were required to return to receive a form of identification.

One of the delegates who was an eyewitness Shehu Haruna told journalists that their vehicle ran into the bandits who opened fire on them between Mariga and Tegina and four people lost their lives.

“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 returning 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, four people died instantly.”

The four aspirants who had protested the authenticity of the delegates list are Sani Idris Kutigi, Alhaji Sidi Abdul, Former Minister of Sports, Barrister Abdulrahman Gimba, and Engr Abubakar Isah Jankara.

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