Police vow to deal with troublemakers in Kaduna State, APC factions to hold parallel contests in Rivers State

The Kaduna State Police Commissioner Ahmad Abdurahaman has vowed to deal with any person wanting to take advantage of the on-going party primaries to foment trouble in the state.

In a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Yakubu Sabo, the CP warned members of the public to desist from any act that is capable of causing violence or disrupting public peace following the on-going party primaries.

Also, the crisis in Rivers State APC in Rivers State may further deepen as factions are poised to hold parallel senatorial primaries.The national secretariat of the party had on Monday omitted the names of its senatorial aspirants in the state, thus fuelling rumours that Senator Magnus Abe had been offered automatic ticket to return to the Senate to end the impasse created by the parallel governorship primaries held on Sunday.

The Guardian gathered that the APC NWC yesterday approved that indirect senatorial primaries be conducted in Rivers State today. It was initially scheduled to hold on Tuesday, but was shifted to yesterday.

The Publicity Secretary of the Ojukaye Flag-Amachree-led state executive, Chris Finebone, told The Guardian that the mode of the senatorial primaries would be through indirect primaries.

But spokesperson to Abe, Mr. Parry Benson, told The Guardian that the Odike faction would hold direct senatorial primaries today inline with the consensus reached by stakeholders in the state and communicated to the national leadership of the party.

Similarly, the lawmaker representing Tai/Oyigbo Federal Constituency, Barry Mpigi, has won the ticket for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Rivers South-East Senatorial District having defeated Senator Olaka Worgu. Senator George Sekibo has also emerged as the PDP candidate for the Rivers East Senatorial District but the Rivers West election has been suspended.

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