Bayelsa Guber Race Hot Up As Sylva, Ex-envoy join

Timipre Sylva
Timipre Sylva
Timipre Sylva

The race to secure the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the primaries has been hot up with the entrance of the former governor of the state, Timipre Sylva and the former ambassador to Japan, Emmanuel Otiotio, to contest the primaries.

Both Sylva and Otiotio were at the national Secretariat on Monday to submit their nomination forms.

Addressing the newsmen after he had submitted his forms, Sylva accused the incumbent governor of the state, Seriaki Dickson of abandoning all the projects he executed when he was the governor.

He said: “As at 2012, we were poised to celebrate in 2013 one year of uninterrupted power supply in Yenogoa city, I had installed turbans and there is a turban that was 93 percent complete when I was ousted. The outgoing government refused to commission it because they did not want me t take credit for it.

“I built a hospital that would have been one of the best in Nigeria and was to be commissioned in May 2012. The outgoing government has refused to go near that hospital since I was ousted. There are a lot of projects that I embarked upon which were deliberately abandoned on the alter of politics. We were to commission the Bayelsa state Library, but today, that project has been overgrown by weeds because come body wants to mislead Nigerians.

“Bayelsa is a well endowed state, but today, the state is ridden with poverty and want and youth restiveness. The era of kidnapping has returned. I experienced it in 2013 when my old uncle of 87 was kidnapped and killed. There is insecurity in the water ways of Bayelsa.”

On his own, Otiotio told the journalist after he had submitted his nomination forms that the state is in dear need of people of integrity to rescue the state from the backwardness it is today.

He believed that his highest credential is that he is a born again Christian, who will do the job of governance in the state with fear of God.

While reacting to the insinuations that a particular aspirant bought forms for some other aspirants, he said that he has not been informed that the former governor has joined the race to pick the ticket.

He said he will introduce good governance and the proper management of the peoples’s resources including “the fear of God into governance.”



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