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My Political Enemies Thought I Was Finished – Sylva

Posted: Jul 19, 2015 at 7:10 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa


Former governor of Bayelsa State and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Timipre Sylva, has said that those who persecuted and hounded him out of office as governor thought they had finished him politically.

He said this at a rally in Yenagoa at the weekend while receiving former deputy governor, Werinipre Seibarugu, former acting governor and Speaker of the House of Assembly, Nestor Binabo, immediate past member of the House of Representatives, Warman Ogoriba, and  former President of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Oyinfie Jon Jon, among others, who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC.

Recounting his ordeal, Sylva told the gathering that his political detractors fought him from everywhere, including Otuoke, the hometown of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said, “Those who participated in my persecution and removed me as governor concluded that I was finished politically. They never knew I was a tree planted to germinate in another place. They thought they were burying me, they never knew it was a seed they planted.

“When I became governor, they were fighting me from everywhere, even from Otuoke.”

Sylva said that lessons of his political persecution and subsequent  removal as governor would galvanise the APC to unite the various political interests in the state ahead of the December 5, 2015 governorship election in the state.

He said that the symbolic broom of the APC would sweep out the PDP-controlled government of Governor Seriake Dickson from office.

“You see, the experience of my removal from office has shown that I am like a plantain tree. If they cut me from left, I grow another branch from the right. APC is a sweet family.

“APC has come and don’t make mistake, the removal of the PDP and failed administration of Dickson is a done deal.

“Go and tell them that the APC boat is loading and it is a boat of unity. If you don’t get on board, you will be marooned. Do you think we are joking? It is a serious business.”

In his remarks, Ogoriba, said Dickson and the PDP had become desperate, begging the defectors not to dump the party.

Ogoriba, who represented Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma federal constituency between 2007 and 2015, said the Dickson administration was only flourishing on cheap propaganda.

“All we hear from the Dickson administration are lies. They build monkey bridge, they call it flyover. They are bragging that the PDP will win without the defectors but they kept on disturbing our phones at night begging. We have experienced bitterness.

“We have not come to the APC with ambitions but to build the party. Those that murdered sleep will not sleep again in the stat,” he said.

However, the PDP in the state has described the defectors as political survivalists who would do anything to be relevant without recourse to ideology and party discipline.

“The several defectors making regress out of the PDP are veterans of the nomadic act of moving in and out of political groups, as they do not really place value on ideology or discipline but clearly tide along survival lines, several of whom were never part of the foundation story of the PDP,” Bayelsa State PDP Publicity Secretary, Osom Makbere, said in a statement in Yenagoa.