Monday, 14 December 2015

Bayelsa Poll: APC Chieftain Admits Crisis In Party

Bayelsa Poll: APC Chieftain Admits Crisis In Party...
Comrade Timi Frank, the deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state, has admitted there is an internal crisis in the party.

However, Frank believes that in spite of the crisis, the APC can still win the governorship election in Bayelsa state if all stakeholders close ranks ahead of the rescheduled poll, Daily Trust reports.

According to Frank, the votes from Southern local government area could send the APC into a victory party.

He said: “The battle is not yet over as we have to go for a re-run election. We are waiting for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to give us a new date by the grace of God.

“We are expecting a local government that has a huge vote. If we do very well within this very short period to correct our wrongs, I believe that we can still get victory. I have made it very clear that there are internal crises in Bayelsa.

“Till today, our governorship candidate, after the primaries, has not spoken to me. There are so many aggrieved people in the party. There are so many who do not have the guts to speak out. That is why we have lost in those areas we have lost.

“If we have united ourselves before the election and every member is happy, what happened in Bayelsa would not have happened.

“But we are still hopeful and I pray that the candidate himself would correct whatever loopholes or mistake he must have made to put our party in this situation.”

Governor Dickson has so far won six of the seven local government areas announced by INEC and has picked up 105,748 votes while Chief Timipre Sylva of the APC secured victory in Brass local government area and with a total vote of 72,594.

However, the Southern Ijaw local government area has the highest number of voters in Bayelsa state and has a voting strength of 108,838 by the 2015 registration figures, and so anyone who gets a landslide victory automatically wins the poll.