The campaign of Timipre Sylva, one of the leading candidates vying for the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, has accepted to participate in the rescheduled governorship primary, describing the cancellation of the botched exercise as unfortunate.
The Timipre Sylva Campaign Organisation in a statement Tuesday reversed itself after insisting that it would not be part of a fresh exercise, claiming that Mr. Sylva won the cancelled exercise.
Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, the campaign’s spokesman told its supporters to remain calm and steadfast, saying, “Ultimately, our victory is sure.”
The primary vote would take place on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
Sylva faces Chief Timi Alaibe, his main obstacle to the ticket and a formidable candidate who is believed to have the backing of the party’s leadership.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of APC had cancelled the primary election for the December 5 governorship election in the state and rescheduled it for Wednesday citing security issues coupled with candidates not getting a level playing field.
“But as loyal and faithful party folks we have the serenity to accept the decision in the larger interest of our great party. We urge our teeming supporters to remain peaceful and unruffled, rest assured that all is well.
“Ultimately, our victory is sure. Our hope cannot be annulled. Our mission to rescue Bayelsa State from the grip of maladministration and underdevelopment is a task that must be accomplished.
“We should come out more massively than ever before this Wednesday, 30 September, to repeat the overwhelming endorsement you gave Sylva on 22 September,” the campaign said.