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Timipre Sylva, APC governorship candidate in Bayelsa State
Ahead of the Saturday, January 9 supplementary election in Bayelsa state, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress and former governor of the state, Timipre Sylva, has expressed confidence that he would sweep the polls.
Sylva stated this on Wednesday at a crowded press conference held at the headquarters of the Sylva-Igiri Campaign Organisation in Yenagoa, noting that, “I am a man of peace, I have never been involved in violence.”
He said APC was poised to win the 5 December 2015 governorship election, when, according to him, it was substantially, illegally, and unilaterally cancelled by the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Baritor Kpaigh, and declared inconclusive.
The APC candidate said the cancellation was procured by the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Governor Seriake Dickson. In spite of this, he said the APC was willing and ready to participate in the rescheduled 9 January 2016 supplementary election. “We won before. If not for the cancellation of the Southern Ijaw results, we had won the election very clearly. But, of course, we in the APC still believe that the cancellation of the Southern Ijaw results was procured by the PDP,” Sylva stated.
He said the APC was sure to win the poll because the exercise would take place in the party’s strongholds.
The press conference was held in reaction to Dickson’s allegations two days before, when he accused APC and Sylva of violence.
Sylva said, “I am a man of peace. I have never been involved in violence. I am the author of the peace project not only in Bayelsa, but in the whole of the Niger Delta. I brought peace to the Niger Delta through the initiative of the amnesty programme, when militancy was at its peak in the region. Everybody knows this. Throughout my tenure …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper