A third dynamite exploded near the entrance of the Rivers APC secretariat on Aba Road late at noon at the heat of preparations for the take-off of the primaries. That was the thurd and last in the day before voting started at 5pm later.
The first two explosions sounded far awa within D-Line but closer to the venue of the primaries on Igboukwu Street.
The third rocked the crowd within the secretariat as members scampered outside to know what really happened.
An eye-witness said two boys came close to a car wanting to pack and dropped an object at the rear on the fuel tank side. The vehicle, unaware of anything, just moved forward, and the object exploded behind it. The driver thus sped off, clutching his chest. The boys allegedly disappeared into thin air.
Newsmen who ruched out saw panic everywhere but security operatives took over everywhere.
This happened few moments after a young man whispered at the secretariat that some bom-bearing boys had entered the D-line area. Both the party secretariat and the venue of the primaries are in same D-line.
He was sad that nobody seemed to take his hint serious.
Meanwhile, the primaries got underway later and delegates from the 23 local council areas of the oil-rich state began voting starting with Abual/Odual with 183 delegates.
The alternate party structure in the state led by Senator Magnus Abe from Ogoni said they too were holding their own primaries, the direct format. They said theirs was the authentic one.
Theys said the members were voting in their wards in the various local council areas.
By this, Abe would likely emerge as another APC governorship candidate to make them two. It is not clear how this would be resolved.
It is also not clear if the national secretariat of APC and the electoral umpire (INEC) sent anyone to monitor or organize the Abe primaries. Rtd Gen Jafar Lawal Issah led the team from Abuja to organize the main primaries while INEC officials were clearly on ground to monitor.
Four aspirants bought nomination forms but Abe pulled out, leaving only Tonye Dele Cole, Dr Dawari George and Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs.