Saturday, 18 July 2015

Bayelsa Gubernatorial Race: Coalition mounts pressure on Gov. Sylva

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By Njamanze Fidel

A coalition of under the aegis of Niger Delta People’s Movement (NDPM)
has urged the people of Bayelsa State to base their choice of the next
governor of the state on the core attributes of competence, integrity,
courage, initiative and focus.

In a meeting held on Friday in Yenagoa to discuss the political future
of the state and to assess the physical, social and institutional
infrastructural provisions in the state, the group vowed to put stop
to square pegs in round holes in leadership positions in the state.

The group also extolled the uncommon virtues of Chief Timipre Sylva,
describing him as pragmatic and winsome.

“Sylva is suitable for the governorship job. He has devoted his life
to humanitarian and philanthropic services. He has provided employment
opportunities for the people, especially the youths. He has been one
of the most supportive and committed leaders of the APC in the

Spokesperson of the movement, Mrs. Ibifuro Thompson Tatua said Sylva
would galvanize the people to self-development, energize the economy
and also raise the standard of living of the people through adequate
inter-village communication such as good road network, electricity,
pipe-borne water, recreational facilities, etc.

The groups also said Sylva would stimulate rural industries and show
the necessary leadership by matching words with action through
evolving workable development approaches, proper co-ordination and

“Sylva has strategies to banish unemployment and insecurity. His
government will bring about sustainable development and progress” the
group said.

Over 1,000 members from Brass, Ekeremor, Kolokuma/Opokuma, Nembe,
Ogbia, Sagbama, Southern Ijaw and Yenagoa councils stormed the venue
in representative capacity.

Meanwhile, notable personalities in Bayelsa State, including leaders
of ethnic and youth groups, political parties, former council chairmen
and past political appointees on Friday looked at those who have
announced, directly or by implication, their intention to contest the
Saturday, December 5, 2015 governorship election, and those whose
names have been put forward, with or without their public
confirmation, as prospective candidates for the state’s number one
seat, describing the former governor of the state, Chief Timipre Sylva
as ‘the best person for the job”.

“Chief Timipre Sylva stands out of the pack of pretenders, traders and
contenders. He is a consummate politician, proven administrator, a
bridge builder, dogged fighter, grassroots mobiliser and crowd
puller”.” the leaders said.
At a meeting in Yenagoa, the leaders urged the people of the state to
embrace politics anchored on qualities like credibility, competence
and ability to perform and deliver the dividend of democracy to the

“Bayelsa State needs a well-focused manager who has the interest of
the state at heart; someone who is administratively skillful; someone
who will deliver. Timipre Sylva possesses the ability, courage,
sincerity and guiding philosophy to provide the right leadership for
the betterment of the people. He is a stickler for hard work and

In a statement issued in Yenagoa by the spokesperson of Bayelsa
Political Congress (BPC), Comrade Nicholas Benjamin, the leaders said
“We are solidly behind Sylva. We shall mobilize our people and give
him an overwhelming electoral support.

Bayelsans, they further charged, should ensure that Sylva becomes the
next governor of the state.

“If the succession is about lifting the state and the people to the
greatest heights, then Bayelsans have the answer in Sylva. He has the
requisite appeal and political structure to clinch the governorship
ticket of the APC. He has vision, moral fortitude, zeal, leadership,
commitment and love for all” the statement said.

They advised the people to rally round Sylva for a better Bayelsa State

“This is another opportunity to redefine and redesign our future in a
direction that would strengthen the bond of unity, foster the spirit
of oneness, enhance development and promote good governance” he added.



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