Bayelsa Guber: Sylva’s top loyalists set to dump APC for Diri
.Party intact, we will win guber poll, says chairman
There is growing tension and uncertainty in the camp of the former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, as preparation for the November 11 governorship elections in Bayelsa State gathers momentum.
It was gathered that top Sylva loyalists have decided to withdraw their support for his governorship ambition due to lingering internal crisis within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, which is creating division, to key into the prosperity agenda of Governor Douye Diri
Those who may leave the party include the former Deputy Governor, Werinipre Seibarugu, Israel Sunny-Goli, immediate past member, House of Representatives for Nembe/Brass Federal Constituency, Irigha Brigidi, incumbent state lawmaker representing Nembe Constituency 2, Festus Daumiebi and former Environment Commissioner, Robert Ayalla Enogha.
According to party chieftains, they alleged that Sylva forced his candidacy on the party, imposing Joshua Maciver as his running mate without due consultations with other leaders and stakeholders.
They, however, decided to declare support for Diri’s re-election bid. Further investigations showed that the decisions to dump the APC and Sylva’s governorship ambition were also due to their exclusion in the affairs and decision-making process of the party.
They also alleged threat to life and violent conducts against loyalists, who voiced their reservations on the way the party is managed, as well as the shabby treatment they have been subjected to by Sylva and the party.
The poor handling of the Nembe-Bassambiri intra-communal crisis, which led to killings and loss of electoral votes during the last National Assembly elections, reportedly angered sunny-Goli.
It was also learnt that he was also dissatisfied by the way former Brass Council Chairman, Victor Isaiah, was welcomed into APC, handing him the political and operational leadership of the council despite unresolved issues against him during the events leading to the 2019 elections.
Sunny-Goli, therefore, urged his followers to be patient and calm, saying: “This is to tell my followers and supporters of the direction we will take on the November 11 governorship election.”
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