2019: APC, Sylva at loggerheads

Bayelsa State Executive members of All Progressives Congress, APC, have lambasted former governor of the State, Timipre Sylva over his recent comment that he was betrayed during 2015 general elections.

Sylva had earlier made the allegations in his reaction to recently concluded ward, local and state congresses of the party, where he described state executives and some members of the party as “rats”.

Reacting to his allegation on Saturday in a statement signed by assistant Publicity Secretary of the party, Christopher Abarowei, on behalf of state executives and made available to journalists, the party described Sylva as a ‘serial loser’.

The Joseph Fafi-led faction of the party under the leadership of former acting governor of Bayelsa state, Hon. Nestor Binabo also said Sylva is politically naive for making such comment.

Abarowei, who denied all the allegations leveled against state executive members by Sylva said the former governor’s naivety exposed him to recurrent and avoidable catastrophic defeats in the 2015 governorship poll.

The statement partly read, “It is on record that these people Sylva ignominously referred to as ‘rats’ facilitated his victory in 2015 governorship primary when it became clear to the blind and audible to the deaf that he has lost consensus of the party.

“We want to also point out that Sylva withdrew, in his quest to be the National Chairman of our party when it became clear to him that he has lost to party consensus. His naivety exposed him to recurrent and avoidable catastrophic defeats in the polls.

“Who betrayed Sylva when he lost to Senator Ben Bruce in 2015? The fact is that he lost woefully to Bruce polling only with 16,924 votes as against his opponent’s 88,454 votes.

“Furthermore, it became a management of shame when Sylva withdrew his case against Bruce from the tribunal without a cogent reason, with records showing that Sylva did not even cast his own vote in his polling station.

“We therefore see Sylva’s claim of betrayal as ploy to save face, launder his image and to hold-on to any available straw in trying to deny the fact that he is a serial loser”.

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