YENAGOA – The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State has set up a reconciliation committee to reconcile aggrieved governorship aspirants and members who are unhappy with the outcome of the primary election that produced former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, as the party’s governorship candidate for the November 11 political contest in the state. Continue Reading>>>
The state APC chairman, Dennis Otiotio, who disclosed this on Friday in an interview with journalists after a welcome ceremony organised for Sylva at the party’s secretariat in Yenagoa, said the committee was chaired by Prof. Millionaire Abowei.
The APC primary election committee chairman, Maj.-Gen Ahmed Jibrin, declared Sylva the winner of the exercise which was conducted on April 14 and 15. Continue Reading>>>
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Jibrin, who announced the result at the party’s secretariat in Yenagoa, said that Sylva polled 52,061 votes to clinch the governorship ticket while a former militant leader, Joshua Maciver came second with 2,078 votes.
The governorship candidate in 2019, David Lyon came third with 1,584 votes while Prof. Ongoebi Etebu, Isikima Johnson and Festus Daumiebi scored 1, 277, 584, and 557 votes, respectively.
However, Lyon and Daumiebi rejected the outcome, saying that the exercise did not take place in the various wards across the local government areas of the state and that scores were merely allocated to the aspirants. They demanded the cancellation of the exercise even as Daumiebi threatened to go to court to seek redress.
But Otiotio explained that it was a normal thing for some people to be angry at the end of such a process, adding that the committee was mandated to reconcile all dissatisfied members in order for the party to battle the incumbent governor with a united front.
He said, “The State Executive Committee of this great party had constituted a reconciliation committee headed by His Royal Highness, Professor Millionaire Abowei, so we are on track.
“In the aftermath of any party primary there will be people who are aggrieved. The mandate of the reconciliation committee is to reconcile all aggrieved members so that we will present a common and united front.”
He said that the party supporters decided to honour Sylva with a rousing welcome on his return to Yenagoa from Abuja as he had left Bayelsa State shortly after emerging the governorship candidate.
Otiotio said the former minister had always shouldered the financial burden of the state APC, noting that the party supporters wanted to demonstrate their love for him.
The APC chairman said, “Immediately after the primary he (Sylva) left for Abuja. The primary was approved by the National Working Committee of the party and following the subsequent submission of his name to the Independent National Electoral Commission, this is the first time he is coming back to Bayelsa State. The party deemed it fit and necessary to welcome him, particularly because of his support of the party.
“He has been the sole sponsor of the party in the previous elections. Chief Timipre Sylva has been the pillar behind the party, he has been the sole financier of the party and the people felt that now that he has been elected the candidate of our party we have to come out en masse and show him love and commitment; to tell him that we are behind him and we will move all the way to ensure that he is elected governor of Bayelsa State come 11th of November, 2023.”
Meanwhile, the APC candidate for the forthcoming Bayelsa State governorship polls, Timipre Sylva, has pledged to tackle the menace of flooding, unemployment and also provide industries, power and security, among others.
Sylva while addressing a crowd of party supporters who welcomed him with a procession from the state’s gateway, Igbogene, to the party’s secretariat in Yenagoa, said he would attract investments to the state to improve its economy.