Four delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party have been shot dead in Niger State by suspected bandits at the Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State.
Chairman of the Electoral Committee and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, made this known at the party’s secretariat in the state in Minna.
A report had it that the delegates were killed on Wednesday following the party’s primary postponement due to a protest by some of the aspirants who expressed a lack of confidence in the delegates.
The delegates were sent home to come with their means of identification to authenticate their identity, hence the postponement of the election till Thursday.
An anonymous told newsmen that the incident happened around Mariga and Regina, where the four delegates lost their lives.
The source said, We left Minna in the late hours when PDP postponed the Governorship Primaries to Thursday. 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.”