Protesters shut down APC sec­re­tar­iat in Bayelsa •Re­ject Sylva’s choice of run­ning mate

Tri­bunal up­holds Mark’s elec­tion

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Chris Eze, Ye­nagoa

Fresh cri­sis has hit the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, few days to the com­mence­ment of cam­paigns for the De­cem­ber 5 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion in the state.

An­gry mem­bers of the party, yesterday, shut the state’s sec­re­tar­iat of the party in protest against the choice of the run­ning mate to Chief Timipre Sylva, the party’s gu­ber­na­to­rial flag bearer.

It was gath­ered that the cam­paign or­gan­i­sa­tion of Sylva had se­cretly picked a re­tired prin­ci­pal and one time gov­er­nor­ship as­pi­rant in the old Rivers State, Chief Wil­ber­force Ikiri, as the can­di­date’s run­ning mate.

The protesters de­scribed the cam­paign or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ac­tion as a vi­o­la­tion of the ‘gen­tle­man’s agree­ment’ en­tered into by Sylva and the chair­man of the party in the state, Chief Ti­wei Oru­minighe, to run to­gether.

The de­vel­op­ment was said to have an­gered sup­port­ers of Orunimigha, who staged a protest march, de­mand­ing that Oru­minighe be nom­i­nated as run­ning mate.

While Ikiri came from Foropa com­mu­nity, Orunimigha was from Kolu­ama com­mu­nity, all in the South­ern Ijaw Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state.

The sup­port­ers of Orunimighe, dur­ing their protest at the party’s sec­re­tar­iat in Ye­nagoa, al­leged that Sylva has re­neged on his prom­ise of run­ning with Orunimighe, whom they claimed made it pos­si­ble for him to emerge as the can­di­date of the party at the pri­mary elec­tion.

The protest­ing sup­port­ers, drawn from wards and lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of the state, have vowed to work against the party, in­stead of al­low­ing Sylva’s pre­ferred choice to sail through.

They de­stroyed Sylva’s bill­boards and posters in ma­jor places, threat­en­ing that if Sylva failed to run with Orunimighe, they vote against him in the elec­tion.

Daily Trust gath­ered from some as­so­ci­ates of Sylva that the nom­i­na­tion of Ikiri was due to the strong po­lit­i­cal mes­sage it car­ried.

One of the as­so­ci­ates said: “The man is cool headed and a strong politi­cian that can get the job done. He can in­ter­act with el­ders and the youths with a clear hum­ble dis­po­si­tion. He will not be power drunk and he is a tech­no­crat. Also, he is a good ad­min­is­tra­tor as a for­mer prin­ci­pal.”

Timipre Sylva

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