Bayelsa PDP, APC talk tough over gov poll

The Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa State has said that the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in the state, Mr. Timipre Sylva, is not electable.

Sylva during the week emerged as the APC’s candidate for the December 5, 2015 governorship poll.

The PDP Secretary in the state, Keku Godspower, said in a statement on Friday in Yenagoa that it was an insult to the people of Bayelsa State that Sylva was the best the APC picked as its candidate.

Keku said the emergence of Sylva as the APC’s candidate had shown that the party was not prepared for serious outing as the election was concerned.


According to him, since Sylva’s emergence, palpable fear and tension among Bayelsa residents have increased.

Keku also alleged that Sylva had a record of violence as a former governor, adding that re-electing him would not be different.

He said since Sylva won the APC’s primary, the state had witnessed the influx of secret cult members and militants.

Keku added that the development could lead to relapse of violence in Bayelsa and its neighbouring states.

But Sylva boasted that his party would soon make the PDP and its candidate, Mr. Seriake Dickson, history in Bayelsa State.

In a statement by his Media Adviser, Doifie Buokoribo, Sylva said the PDP was jittery because it knew that it would lose the election.

The statement read, “We know that the game plan of the PDP was to prevent the emergence of a strong and popular APC governorship candidate so that it can easily repeat its trademark of aborting democratic competition and stealing victory without a contest.

“With that deception, the PDP stole the mandate of the people in 2011, when both Chief Timipre Sylva and Mr. Ndutimi Alaibe were dubiously excluded just to give Seriake Dickson victory without a real electoral contest.”