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Blackmail Won’t Stop Me From Backing Sylva – Alaibe

Posted: Nov 5, 2015 at 2:46 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Blackmail won’t stop me from backing Sylva–Alaibe
By Igoniko Oduma,Yenagoa
The Timi Alaibe Campaign Support Group has said no degree of blackmail will stop foremost governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Timi Alaibe, from backing the party’s governorship candidate, Timipre Sylva, for the December 5 governorship election in the state.
This was contained in a statement yesterday by the spokesperson of the Alaibe support group, Patterson Ogon.
It noted that since his historic decision to throw his weight behind the APC there had been some desperate moves to malign him.
“We have noted with dismay the shameless attempts to either paint a picture of insincerity on his part or a deliberate effort to deceive the public that Chief Alaibe’s support for Sylva only came after some imaginary negotiations”, it stated.
The group pointed out that the decision taken by the former Managing Director of the Niger Development Commission (NDDC) to back Sylva’s candidature was not a personal one.
“It was a collective decision taken in the overall interest of the APC, his teeming supporters and the people of Bayelsa State.
“We understand why. Not only has that singular decision to mobilize Bayelsans for Sylva created panic in the camp of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, it has simply shown that politics is only for principled minds and men of character.
“For our Principal, the APC’s vision is one; its mission is also one – the realization of change for Bayelsans.
“This, in our collective resolve, is far more important and enviable than any imaginary issue on the part of those who have lost character.
“In this regard, no amount of blackmail will stop us from realizing this change through effective mobilization for Sylva”, the group argued.
It described Senator John Brambaifa and Elder Alex Ekiotenne’s defection in Yenagoa last weekend, from the APC to the PDP, as “a charade and a comic relief”, stressing that none of his serious supporters had left the APC.
“No individual of means who was Chief Timi Alaibe’s supporter has since left the APC.
“We can only sympathize with those who agreed to be dragged on by their selfish and shameless desire for monetary gains and inducements. >
“By their action, they have shown that they are readily available for any purpose. We need to state that at no time did we have about 2000 authentic delegates of the APC as all delegates to the APC primaries as presumed to have defected to the APC last Saturday.
“Besides, the delegates to the APC primaries are still executive committee members of the APC at the ward, Local Government, State or National level.
“To these men of lost integrity, their actions have shown that their pockets are of paramount importance to them than the need to eradicate hunger, insecurity and leadership failure”, it added.