Wednesday, 30 September 2015

AT LAST... Sylva Finally Bows To APC Decision

After days of in-fighting and media war between the former governor of Bayelsa state, Timipre Sylva and Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state over the September 22 botched primary of the All Progressives Congress, Sylva has finally accepted the verdict of the National Working Committee of his party.

The party’s NWC on September 28 had told Sylva to go to court if he was not satisfied with the decision of the party to cancel the primary that was reportedly marred with irregularities. The botched primary which produced Sylva as the winner was later declared inconclusive by the APC.

According to The Punch, the Timipre Sylva campaign organisation said that although the invalidation of the primary was very unfortunate it will abide by the party’s decision. This is a departure from the earlier stance of the APC in the state as it reportedly said Sylva won the election with a landslide.

Sylva’s camp had also boasted that if the primary were to be held multiple times the former governor would win.

According to a statement by Doifie Buokoribo, on Tuesday, September 29, the camp described Sylva as a loyal party man who will respect the decision of the party.

The Sylva campaign team statement read in part: “The cancellation of the September 22 primary, where Chief Timipre Sylva was overwhelmingly voted by the APC family in our state to be the governorship candidate at the December 5 governorship election, is unfortunate.

“But as loyal and faithful party folks, we have the serenity to accept the decision in the larger interest of our great party. We urge our teeming supporters to remain peaceful and unruffled, rest assured that all is well.

“Ultimately, our victory is sure. Our hope cannot be annulled. Our mission to rescue Bayelsa State from the grip of maladministration and underdevelopment is a task that must be accomplished.”

Sources had disclosed fears of a new twist in the in-fighting in the state’s APC: that the former governor might be heading to court to stop the new primary. However, he was said to have been stopped by some of the party’s bigwigs who advised him not to take a step that could spell doom to the party in the state.

Meanwhile, the state governor, Seriake Dickson of the PDP had alleged that the aspirants of the APC in the state are gathering an army of militants and cultists in preparation for the governorship election scheduled for December 5.

The governor said that the opposition party in the state does not have the political structure to win in a free and fair election.