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We Stand By Sylva’s Victory – Bayelsa  APC Boss

Posted: Sep 28, 2015 at 4:24 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress( APC) in Bayelsa State, Tiwei Orunimighe, insisted on Monday that the state chapter of the party would uphold the victory of former Governor Timipre Sylva at the party’s primary last Tuesday in Yenagoa.

Orunimighe said the primary had been won and lost, stressing that the speculated cancellation of the election was baseless and unfounded.

“As a chairman of Bayelsa APC, I am not aware of any cancellation of the primary. With all due respect to the National Chairman of our party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, he said nobody should make an announcement except they cleared with him.

“I want to believe that people who made statements from the national secretariat did not have clearance with him. As a state chairman, I am aware that the rumour of cancellation came even when we were on the election ground.

“It was all over the social media. I think it was made by one of their publicists. After that Odigie-Oyegun directed that nobody should make any statement without obtaining clearance from him.

“The national chairman is a man who knows his onions. Having set up an election panel, he knows the next thing is to wait for the outcome or report of the committee set up to administer the primary.

“Maybe they will set up an appeal committee. We are expecting that by Monday or Tuesday (today). So, I believe the cancellation rumour does not stand.

“For now, election has been held and I think that is how it stands. Chief Timipre Sylva won the primary conducted last Tuesday,” Orunimighe said.

He said he believed that some aspirants might be aggrieved, noting that the party was working towards harmonising their grievances ahead of the December 5 governorship election in the state.

He denied allegations of being biased during Tuesday’s primary, stressing that in a contest of that nature it was possible to talk anyhow.

Orunimighe said: “I do not know who accused us. We are not biased. As a chairman, I believe that I have managed the party to the best of my ability. When it came to the period of voting, I was also a delegate.

“The system of ballot was an open secret system, so I cast my vote for the aspirant I liked and I felt the aspirant is the person that can win an election for us. But if you say I supported a candidate, I do not know what you mean.

 

“Those who aspire may have a lot of things to say and for me, the contest is all about winning and losing. So, for me, I know that our primary has come and gone. We look forward to seeing how we can harmonise ourselves,” he said.

When reminded that the disputed candidate, Sylva, was not issued a certificate of return (COR) to claim he is the flag bearer, Orunimighe said the COR is an internal matter of the party.

He admitted that Sylva was not given the certificate because Oshiomhole, who was supposed to present it to him, left saying he was going to eat.

The chairman, however, said the seven-man panel including the secretary and other members were there to conduct the election.

He said the delay in presentation of the certificate of return to Sylva was not unconnected with the exit of Oshiomhole, hoping that soon, the certificate would be presented to the winner.

Orunimighe clarified that Oshiomhole was not absent during the primary, alleging that it was Oshiomhole that even started the accreditation.