Former governor of Lagos State and All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has called on Chief Timipre Sylva to contest the December 5, 2015 Governorship election in Bayelsa State.
Tinubu also charged Bayelsans to ensure that Sylva becomes the next governor of the state in view of placing the state on the right path.
“I want him to contest the governorship election because of his proven leadership qualities and our belief that he can bring change to the state” he said.
Tinubu who met Sylva at his Abuja home not only endorsed him as the party’s consensus candidate for the December 5, 2015 governorship election but commended him for his contributions to the development of the party in Nigeria, particularly Bayelsa State.
“It is time for Bayelsans to unite and support a person who can effectively enhance unity, provide opportunities for all and lead the people in a different direction”
He expressed total and unreserved support for Sylva’s aspiration to clinch the party’s ticket and governorship seat.
He mandated APC leaders and members in Bayelsa State to support his choice
“If you want change, if you’re unhappy with the direction of Bayelsa State, then you must join the governorship race and change the state for the people”.
Tinubu, who also described Sylva as an agent of change, is pushing for the former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, to occupy the governorship position.
In a related development, Niger Delta leaders on Sunday warned former factional chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Richard Kpodo against provocative statements, reminding the people to be careful of those working for the interest of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The leaders also accused Kpodo and his associates of hatching evil motives aimed at dividing APC, destroying the solidarity and possibly provoking crises in the party.
In a statement issued by the Director of Communications of the Niger Delta People’s Movement, Mrs. Ibifuro Thompson Tatua, the leaders described as irresponsible the campaign of calumny by Kpodo.
The leaders who praised Chief John Odigie Oyegun for his honesty and bravery in the management of the party as well as his inclusive strategy, advised the national chairman of the party and former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva to look away from Kpodo and his friends and get on with important matters.
“In any system, there are always destroyers. Oyegun and Sylva should look away from these destroyers. Kpodo and his co – travelers are just executing a carefully designed plan to discredit Sylva and destabilize the party to further their selfish ends” the leaders said.
. On calls to oppose the leadership of Sylva in the state, the leaders not only described Kpodo’s views as a display of outright malice and envy against Sylva but said Kpodo and his associates do not mean well for the party and the state.
“This is callous. This is certainly a provocative act. Bayelsans must condemn the evil machinations of Kpodo, his highly contagious anointing to lie and the satanic grace to mislead the people”.
The leaders also thanked the people for the confidence reposed on Sylva.
“We thank the good and peace loving people of Bayelsa State who have refused to be hoodwinked by the tissues of lies and propaganda being woven and dished out by desperate politicians and their sponsors” the statement said.
“Bayelsans are sick and tired of leaders whose only interest in politics is their pockets and that of their crooked and fraudulent clique at the expense of the masses” the statement added.
EBIRERI HENRY OVIE