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Bayelsa Poll: Sylva’s Poor Human Rights Record Will Fail Him – group

Posted: Oct 3, 2015 at 6:21 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma,Yenagoa


Youths in Bayelsa State under the auspices of Mangrove Boys of Bayelsa (MBB) have said that the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timipre Sylva, will fail the December 5 governorship election because of the poor human rights record of his first tenure as governor of the state.

Already, the youths have threatened to mobilise a 10,000-man march in Yenagoa to protest Sylva’s emergence as the governorship candidate of APC.

The group in a statement on Friday by its spokesperson, Bernard Legite, said that Sylva practically abandoned governance during the five years he was on the saddle, insisting that he performed abysmally in office.

MBB pointed out that his victory at last Wednesday’s APC primary election was an insult to its collective membership.

It wondered why the party could not settle for a good candidate other than Sylva and vowed to resist his second coming to Creek Haven.

It posited that for producing the former governor as its candidate, the party’s quest for change had become largely suspect especially in Bayelsa.

The group described Sylva’s record as governor as “appalling and anti-people” stressing that the period was marked by violence, killings, massive corruption and waste of public funds.

“We the collective members of the Mangrove Boys of Bayelsa are saddened by the emergence of former governor Timipre Sylva as the APC candidate for the December 5 governorship election in Bayelsa State.

“Even if we have had any sympathy for the APC, its decision to pick Sylva as candidate has totally changed our focus. It runs counter to any logic and decency.

“For a person who for five years can only be remembered for his brutal violence against his people, killing and maiming, rendering many women widows and many children fatherless and with such a record of corruption, then we do not think Sylva’s second coming is good for any purpose in Bayelsa State.

“To demonstrate our resolve to stop Sylva, we are set to mobilise our members and teeming youths of Bayelsa for a 10,000-man march to protest Timipre Sylva’s emergence and his candidacy.

“It is simply unacceptable for the interest of all our people. It is absolutely inconceivable that APC will field a man currently on trial for corruption by the EFCC.

“Now, what message is the APC sending out about President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war? These are the moral issues for APC to think about.

“Our protest is to draw the important attention to this malady that Sylva’s emergence will spell doom as a sad reminder of a return to the dark days of killings, cultism, militancy and general insecurity in Bayelsa.

“Bayelsans have not forgotten the deadly blows they suffered under Sylva’s inhuman regime as governor. We all remember the countless deaths, many wives turned widows and fatherless children.

“We also remember the routine diversion of funds meant for civil servant salaries and a legacy of crippling debt profile. With this ugly past, then our question is: what is Sylva coming to do again?

“To inflict further punishment on our people or does he think we are so gullible to so accept him? Now, is this the kind of change the APC want us to accept?”, the group stated.