The former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Chief Timi Alaibe, has directed his supporters to work for the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva, as the December 5 governorship election in Bayelsa state approaches.
Chief Timipre Sylva’s chances has bee boosted by his endorsement by Chief Timi Alaibe
In a statement released yesterday, October 30, titled: “Rallying Bayelsans to vote APC for gubernatorial election, December 5, 2015”, Alaibe urged his loyalists to remain committed to the change mantra of the APC.
The statement read: “I stepped into the race to give further bite to my burning desire to extricate Bayelsa State from abysmal leadership failure. The decision to withdraw from the race may have attracted various meanings across Bayelsa State and beyond with some understandably expressing misgivings and disappointment.
“All the same, it had to be done for purposes I had clearly indicated to be in the overall interest of the APC and Bayelsa. We retreated to have the opportunity to further test our acceptability, which we believe is still wide and soild, in the future.
“My dear friends, supporters and loyalists, my previous forays into the political arena ended amicably on the negotiation table. The negotiations were not of particular pecuniary benefits to me alone. So many persons have become senators, members of the House of Representatives, State Commissioners and so on.
“This time round, we beat a tactical retreat because of the tempestuous conditions capable of overheating the APC in Bayelsa State and consequent loss of innocent and valuable lives. We believe strongly that no personal ambition is worth the spilling of blood.”
“I remain very humbled and elated by your commitment to the cause of changing Bayelsa, and change Bayelsa we must.
“Following the primaries, Governor Timipre Sylva emerged as the flag bearer for the party. We congratulate him and applaud his doggedness. The National Leadership of our party has enjoined all groups to close ranks and work for the unity and success of the APC on December 5, 2015.
“In this regard, Chief Timipre Sylva deserves our maximum support as the governorship candidate of our great party. I therefore enjoin you to come out one and all and work assiduously for APC and our flag bearer, Timipre Sylva. I am convinced that it is only our collective effort that can bring about the much needed change in Bayelsa State.
“The grassroots belong to you. Beat the pavements, knock the doors, move from community to community, from ward to ward, from polling booth to polling booth. Speak to all the men, women and youths of voting age.
“Get them to vote for change, for APC, the only party that can change Bayelsa from the economic and infrastructural malaise it currently faces.
“Let us all work assiduously to restore Bayelsa’s prosperity, defend our security, especially at this time when Bayelsa State is teetering in the throes of a security crisis. Let us work together to begin afresh to leave a legacy for a stronger, more virile Bayelsa State.”
Exactly a month ago, Alaibe stepped down from the party’s governorship primary election after the exercise was characterised with controversies.
According to The Nation, though Alaibe accepted the outcome of the primary election, his supporters were divided, as some of them vowed to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to work for the governor of the state, Seriake Dickson.
Meanwhile, the Movement for the Actualisation of Egalitarian Society (MAES) has raised an alarm over an alleged plot by the APC and Sylva, to destabilize Bayelsa state in order to avoid defeat in the upcoming governorship election.
In a related development, Governor Dickson has called on Bayelsans not to allow themselves to be intimidated in their various communities, assuring them that their votes would count as all efforts are being made by the state and federal government to ensure the election is free and fair.
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