Bandits have reportedly killed three delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party in Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State ahead of the party’s governorship primary.
The incident was disclosed by the Chairman of the Electoral Committee and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.
Ewhrudjakpo revealed this while speaking at the State PDP Secretariat, venue of the primaries in Minna.
It was gathered that the terrorists killed the delegates on Wednesday while returning to Mariga after PDP postponed the primaries due to a protest by some of the aspirants who questioned the delegates list.
The party thereafter directed delegates to bring their means of identification to authenticate their names and primaries shifted to Thursday.
The delegates who were killed in the incident were substituted with some others to complete the number of delegates from the local government.
One of the delegates, Shehu Haruna who spoke on the incident with Daily Trust said the incident happened between Mariga and Tegina, with four people losing their lives.
According to him “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.”