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Bayelsa APC Stakeholders Move To Stop Sylva, Adopt Alaibe

Posted: Sep 14, 2015 at 7:43 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Rotimi Akinwumi, Abuja



There are surreptitious moves within the ranks of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop former Governor, Timipre Sylva from getting the party’s ticket for the forthcoming election in Bayelsa State.

Sources within the party told Daily Independent in confidence on Monday that the party might have settled for the candidature of former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Timi Alaibe, who is being tipped to emerge as the party’s candidate at the upcoming party primary.

In a move to gauge the mood of the aspirants, the entire 19 aspirants were summoned to a meeting in Abuja Monday at the party’s secretariat, in a closed-door meeting.

Most of the aspirants who spoke with newsmen at the end of the meeting denied the plan to pick a consensus candidate, insisting that the party primary must be held in a transparent and fair manner, to produce the candidate who will get the support of the other aspirants.

In attendance were the national chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, deputy national chairman (South) Olusegun Oni, and national organising secretary, Osita Izunaso, among other national executives of the party.

At the end of the meeting, a competent sources close to the meeting told Daily Independent at the party house that APC leaders would prefer Alaibe, who they believe has a “solid” structure in Bayelsa, since 1999.

Prior to the meeting, most of those said to be against Sylva were said to have spoken with national leaders of the party on how the corruption cases Sylva is still contending with might be a disadvantage for the party should (Sylva) emerge as the gubernatorial candidate.

“Apart from the fact that they feel he cannot win the state, the leaders also think the former governor is yet to settle with the anti-graft agencies over alleged misappropriation of funds when he was the governor of Bayelsa State,” one of the sources said.