Alaibe assures supporters of victory in Bayelsa governorship poll, urges calm
David Lyon not Sylva’s candidate, says APC chieftain
Former Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and an aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Bayelsa State governorship race, Chief Timi Alaibe, has assured his supporters of getting the ticket despite the opposition, urging them to maintain peace and remain focused.
He said the issues arising from the list of returning and electoral officials for the ad-hoc delegates election was being addressed by the party’s leadership at the national level.
Alaibe, who alleged unilateral inclusion of certain names on the list contrary to the party’s constitution and guidelines for the conduct of a peaceful primary, said the action was a deliberate calculation to create confusion and frustration to destabilise his aspiration to lead Bayelsa State.
He said: “They have failed this time around because no degree of intrigues, no amount of manipulation and propaganda can push me out of this race. Nothing will change my decision to lift the lot of our people through purposeful leadership. I am here to stay and together we will win.
“While winning to us is not a do-or-die affair, the process of choosing the party’s flagbearer should be made unquestionably transparent such that in the end, the outcome would be acceptable to all so that we could stand as one to face the real opponent.”
Meanwhile, the Alaibe Campaign Organisation has described allegation that the former NDDC chairman was sponsoring thugs to disrupt the delegate election as totally irresponsible and baseless.
In another development, ahead of the governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, a chieftain of the party, Sunday Frank-Okputu, has refuted claims that the former Governor of the state and Minister of Petroleum (State), Timipre Sylva, is supporting David Lyon.
He said the claim was false and a mockery of the preparations of the APC to embark on serious preparation of taking over the administration of the state from the ruling PDP.Frank-Okputu, a one-time Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), who spoke during the governorship aspirants screening exercise of the APC, said Sylva did not stand anywhere and agree to present and endorse David Lyon.He said the APC in Bayelsa State should focus on the screening of competent and dependable personalities and focus on dislodging the incumbent governor.