Despite the postponement of the governorship primaries of the All Progressive Congress (APC) of Bayeksa State, former governor of the state and a leading aspirant in the race, Chief Timipre Sylva has boasted that he was sure of securing the party’s ticket come September 22, the new date.
The postponement, which was announced in Abuja by the deputy publicity secretary of the party, Timi Frank was attributed to issues of logistics and the request of Governor Adams Oshiomole, who is the chairman of the party’s committee to conduct the primaries.
At the party secretariat, members of the APC were seen discussing the possible effects of the postponement on the outcome of the primaries. While some claimed the postponement might be a plot by some party leaders to manipulate the outcome, others claimed that the few days allowed by the postponement may create healthy room for negotiations.
One of the governorship aspirants and former federal permanent secretary, Dr. Inuro Kubo, expressed concern over the alleged poaching of delegates by some aspirants and called on the delegates to vote the right candidate during the coming primaries.
The former governor of Bayelsa State and governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress, Chief Timipre Sylva, also called on his supporters to remain steadfast and focused on the goal of winning the December 5 governorship election in the state.
Sylva, in a statement issued by his media adviser, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, in Yenagoa stated, “I appeal to all our supporters, delegates, and the entire APC family in Bayelsa State to stay focused, positive, and determined as we wait for the new date, September 22, fixed by the national headquarters of our great party for the primary election in the state.
“My participation in the governorship race is borne out of a firm decision to help steer our state away from the current course of political confusion and economic hopelessness, and return it to the path of freedom, progress, and hope, the foundation upon which our founding fathers had agitated and won the struggle for a distinct political territory within Nigeria. That resolve, having been backed by the popular opinion of our people, I assure you that we are on course.
“I have no doubt that come next Tuesday I would emerge the candidate of our great party, APC, for the December 5 governorship election. The primary election is just a process to our ultimate goal of retrieving our collective political destiny from the PDP grabbers, who have arrested the development of the state since 2012, and fulfilling it for the good of all.”
Sylva, who is also the leader of APC in Bayelsa State, equally appealed for calm and understanding among APC members in state, “We should de-emphasise the small differences that necessarily accompany primary elections like this and focus our attention on the big picture, the collective responsibility of rescuing our state from the stranglehold of a few intolerant despots masquerading as politicians in PDP. We will win. Bayelsa must be free. Bayelsa must progress. Bayelsa must change with the wind of change blowing across the land.”

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