Oshiomole has given Edo state a worthy successor – Timipre Sylva

Former governor of Bayelsa State and All Progressives Congress candidate in the last governorship election in the state, Chief Timipre Sylva, has congratulated Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Governor-Elect Godwin Obaseki, and the people of Edo State on the victory of APC at the 28 September governorship election.

 

In a congratulatory message on Friday in Yenagoa signed by his media adviser, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, Sylva specially praised Oshiomhole for “a worthy cause to deliver a worthy successor to the people of Edo State.

Seriake Dickson Re-Elected As Bayelsa Governor

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared the incumbent governor, and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Hon. Seriake Dickson, as the winner of the Bayelsa State governorship election.

 

He floored his closest rival, Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to win the controversial election.

 

Dickson polled 134,998 votes, while Sylva garnered 86,852 votes.

 

A total of 232,167 votes were cast in the election out of which 6,647 votes were rejected as invalid.
Moses Siasia, a younger brother of Nigeria’s Under 23 football coach, Samson Siasia, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, took a distant third with 1,572 votes despite a high-profile campaign.

 
This followed the conclusion of the supplementary election held on Saturday. The initial election was held on December 5, 2015.

The declaration of the final results by the returning officer, Professor Zana Akpagu commenced shortly after 8.00 p.m. last night and punctured the high drama and suspense that had held many of the state’s political stakeholders for most of yesterday.

 
The agents of the PDP, Chief Fred Agbedi and that of the APC, Barrister Dennis Otiotio had in the course of the day at the collation centre, Yenagoa, repeatedly exchanged accusations over the conduct of the supplementary elections in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area and some other units where the elections were cancelled last December.

 
Earlier in the day, the returning officer for Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Dr. Johnson Dagana had declared the result of the election in the local government area putting Dickson as the winner of the contest in the area with 23,2081 votes. Sylva, who had earlier predicated his possible victory in the governorship election to amassing significant votes to wipe away the 30,000 plus lead of Dickson, garnered last December, however, failed to record the upset in the local government area.

 

In the end, he got only 10,216 votes out of the 33,607 valid votes cast in the local government area that is also the base of Dickson’s late patron and first civilian governor of the state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.

 

 

Following the declaration of the results, Barrister Otiotio, agent of the APC candidate immediately renounced the declaration of Dickson as the winner, saying the election should have been declared inconclusive on the claim that the difference between the two leading candidates was less than the number of cancelled votes. He also alleged irregularities in voting in some sections of the state.

 
His claim was immediately dismissed by Agbedi, the PDP agent who blamed the irregularities on the APC even as he acclaimed the performance of Dickson as the reason for the PDP victory.

 

 

Following the declaration of the results, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, congratulated Dickson saying the victory was sweet.

 
He said: “It is a sweet victory, coming against all odds. It is a testimony to the performance and popularity of Governor Seriake Dickson and our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

 
“I commend the people of Bayelsa State for standing up to be counted, for protecting their democratic rights to freely choose their leaders. They have made a resounding statement to the effect that the state remains a PDP enclave and that they are committed to keeping it so.”

 
He, however, charged Governor Dickson to repay Bayelsans for their faith in the PDP and his leadership credentials with greater transformation in his second term.

 
He also enjoined him to reach out to his opponents for the peace and progress of the state, while ensuring that every part of the state is fairly treated irrespective of their political choices.

 

APC Ready For Rescheduled Bayelsa Poll — Sylva

The governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, and former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, says he is ready and willing to compete against Governor Seriake Dickson at any electoral contest.

 
Sylva, who boasted that he would emerge victorious, accused the incumbent, Dickson, of engaging in underhand tactics to win.

 
The APC candidate, through the Director, Media and Publicity, Sylva-Igiri Campaign Organisation, Chief Nathan Egba, said that it was for this reason that the party protested the alleged illegal cancellation of the Southern Ijaw council election.

 
He said: “It is for this reason that the APC vehemently protested the illegal cancellation of the Southern Ijaw election results which clearly would have put us well ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. But with all the stakeholders having agreed on a new date, the Sylva- Igiri Campaign Organisation is poised to galvanise our support-base in order to repeat the feat we performed in Southern Ijaw council and some other polling units across six local government areas.

 
“Our strength is in the fact that majority of the people of Southern Ijaw council are with us and are still committed to standing by us through this whole process in order to eventually celebrate a hard-won victory.”

 

 

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Court Dismisses Corruption Charges Against Timipre Sylva

A Federal High Court, Abuja,on Thursday dismissed a 50-count charge bordering on alleged corruption against former Bayelsa governor, Timipre Sylva and six others.

Justice Adeniyi Ademola, in a ruling, held that the charges as filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission constituted an abuse of court process and the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case.

He further held that the charges were “frivolous and lacking in merit’’.

Specifically, Justice Ademola held that the same charges had been determined by two other justices of the federal high court, Justices Evoh Chukwu and Ahmed Mohammed.

He said Justices Chukwu and Mohammed had struck out the charges on June 1 and June 10 respectively.

“It is the view of the court that the case constitutes an abuse of court process.

“The charges and witnesses in this case are all the same with the cases earlier struck out by the two courts.

“The court has inherent power to prevent the abuse of its process,’’ he said.

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Bayelsa Poll: Oshiomhole, Tambuwal, Ambode To Campaign For Sylva

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, on Monday mandated Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole and six other APC governors to deliver Bayelsa State to the party in the December 5 governorship election in the state.

Oyegun, who spoke while inaugurating a 38- member high powered Bayelsa Governorship Campaign Council at the party secretariat in Abuja, said Bayelsa is a state where the party wants to prove a point, saying “change must come to Bayelsa State.”

The other governors tasked with the mandate of winning the Bayelsa governorship election for the party are Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) who will act as deputy chairman, Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), Kashim Shettima ( Borno), Owelle Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (Kano)and Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara).

Other members of the committee are the Deputy National Chairman, South, Engr. Segun Oni, National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, National Vice Chairman, South West, South- South, South East and North West, Chief Pius Oluwole Akinyelure, Prince Hilliard Etta, Hon. Emma Eneukwu and Inuwa Abdulkadir respectively.

Inaugurating the committee, Oyegun said the party is expecting all its 22 governors to be part of the campaign, adding that “what is important is that seven governors have volunteered to give up their time and energy to serve as members of the campaign council.

 

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Go to court, Odigie-Oyegun tells Timipre Sylva

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has told Chief Timipre Sylva, one of the contestants in Sept. 22 botched primary in Bayelsa to go to court.

“Mr Sylva can go to court because that is what the court is meant for,” the chairman said on Monday in Abuja.

The chairman made the statement while responding to newsmen who asked for his comments on Mr. Sylva’s claim that he won the botched primary.

He said the party had decided to conduct another primary on Sept. 29.

He added that the party’s National Working Committee deemed it fit to provide a level playing ground for all candidates who aspire to public offices in the party.

Mr. Odigie-Oyegun declared that the process that led to the Sept. 22 primary in Yenagoa did not meet the standard which the party had set for itself.

He said, “We had serious security challenges and the process did not meet the standard which this party has set for itself.

“We have no alternative but to stop the process by ensuring that the chairman of the panel was moved out of the venue with the help of security agencies.

“We decided thereafter that there should be fresh primary.

“We have written to INEC on our decision to conduct fresh primary for the Bayelsa governorship election on Tuesday.

“We are getting in touch with the Inspector-General of Police and all other security agencies to assist us in ensuring effective security.”

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Oshiomhole is a liar, says Sylva

Former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, on Thursday described the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, as a liar and a mischievous person.

Sylva spoke in response to Oshiomhole’s claim that the former governor disrupted the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, on Tuesday.

The Edo governor had on Wednesday accused former governor of disrupting the Bayelsa APC primary and that the claim by Sylva that he won was a huge joke.

Oshiomhole had further alleged that Sylva’s thugs held him hostage for hours at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex, venue of the APC primary.

But Sylva in a statement on Thursday by his Media Adviser, Doifie Buokoribo, said it was clear that Oshiomhole never intended to conduct the primary as scheduled.

The ex-governor’s statement was titled, “The lies and mischiefs of Oshiomhole.”

The statement read, “It is unfortunate that people like Adams Oshiomhole, the governor of Edo State and former president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, who pretend to be incorruptible, would conduct himself in the manner in which he did in relation to the Bayelsa State governorship primary. It was clear that Oshiomhole never wanted to conduct the primary as scheduled

“First, on his request, the primary was shifted from its earlier date of Saturday, September 19 to the Tuesday, September 22 date. The grouse of the delegates was that the primary had been shifted once on Oshiomhole’s request. That shift caused enough hardship already. The ‘comrade’ was again shifting the goal post, without giving consideration to these hapless delegates. It was that frustration that we were managing. It is so sad that the governor did not appreciate our effort.

“Second, as chairman of the APC Electoral Committee, Oshiomhole knew full well that accreditation of delegates was to begin at 8am on Tuesday, September 22, but he came to the venue of the programme well past 12 noon. After he arrived at that late hour, he proceeded with a meeting with the committee members and another meeting with the aspirants. He clearly had preconceived plans about the Bayelsa APC governorship primary.”

Sylva said Oshiomhole could not really say anything about the primary election because he had left the venue at the time voting commenced.

He claimed that the Edo governor set the process in motion for voting to commence before he excused himself on the grounds that he was going to eat, and that he mandated other members of the committee to proceed without him.

He added, “The world needs to know that the Bayelsa State Electoral Committee is made up of seven members, and of the seven, only Oshiomhole left. The other six remained, conducted the primary and declared Sylva winner of the exercise.

“It borders on pettiness for Governor Oshiomhole to quote me as an antagonist to new entrants to our party. Every discussion I had with the governor was public. The only private conversation I had with him was when he walked up to me and asked me if I truly believed he was working against my interest. To that I answered ‘yes’. As a man of integrity (?) he even offered to step down as chairman. If he had stepped down would that have invalidated the primary? We should refrain from exaggerating our worth and integrity. Let other good people judge our character.

“After all, I was the one that received all new entrants. Oshiomhole was invited and he did not come.”

Sylva also said Oshiomhole came to Yenagoa with a clear agenda to get him out of the race at all costs. The former Bayelsa governor said he was aware that Oshiomhole had been lobbying at the centre to get him (Sylva) out of the race in order to pave the way for one of the aspirants.

He claimed that the unnamed aspirant had shortly before Oshiomhole’s arrival boasted openly that he would cancel the primary once he arrived.

He stressed, “Oshiomhole should not tell lies. If I was not there, contrary to his insinuation that I rented thugs to manhandle him, the crowd would have manhandled him. I personally accompanied Oshiomhole to the gate when he was going to eat.

“If Oshiomhole has anything personal against me, let him tell the world. We are shocked that the man who claims to be morally upright with a strong ethical orientation would land in Yenagoa for an exercise in which he ought to be an impartial arbiter with a helicopter provided by a friend of one of the aspirants.”

The Bayelsa APC primary on Tuesday had been marred by violence.

As early as 8am, armed thugs were seen at the entrance of the venue, hurling stones at the delegates who lined up to be screened for the exercise.

But the 1,300 security operatives at the venue eventually restored order.

Most of the delegates were shut out of the exercise and were not allowed access to the venue of the primary.

But when the accreditation of the delegates started, most persons who presented themselves for the exercise were said to be fake delegates in possession of cloned voter cards.

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Even Jonathan’s Village Lacks Proper Power Supply – Timipre Sylva

The immediate past governor of Bayelsa State, and a former acolyte of President Goodluck Jonathan, Timipre Sylva, has again distanced himself from Jonathan, describing the President as a self-centered man and a “fox” who has nothing to offer the people of the Niger Delta region and Nigeria as a whole.

Speaking openly about his strained relationship with the current President on Royal FM radio, Sylva said, ”As far as am concerned I don’t see him as a brother anymore. Who is your brother? Your brother is who looks after you.”

Sylva furthered “This is a so-called brother who pushed [me] to the fox. As far as am concerned my brother is the one I met on the street and took me into his home, and I am sure you will agree with me that a brother who pushed me into the street for the fox to eat me up is not my brother.”

The former two-term governor of Bayelsa State has also called on the people of Bayelsa State to vote against Jonathan in the 2015 election. “I don’t think Bayelsa should make the mistake,” he said. His problem is that he only thinks about himself.”

Sylva’s further explained that his decision to support the candidature of All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), was based on conviction and need for change in the polity. “If I have somebody else that is not my brother but a friend with my interest at heart, it is better.”

He encouraged others in the Niger Delta region to question the purported achievements of the presidency in the region.

“We should be careful,” Sylva said. “Let us look, what has Bayelsa gained from the Presidency? Where is the federal project in the state that is significant? I don’t see any. Not even electricity is available in Otuoke. Look at Bayelsa. Look at the Niger Delta region.”

“Look at the East-West road. Why hasn’t he been able to fix the East-West road? Why is the Brass LNG not working? Because we know where the project was under Obasanjo. Why is it that all they promised us under amnesty has not been fulfilled? You remember they promised us a new city. Where are those small cities, under our brother? Is there any serious institution established here to empower our youths to give them skills? Where is the institution built in Bayelsa? Nothing has been done. What has been done is that some private jets have been bought by their cronies. Is that what Bayelsa is about? Is that what a Niger Delta presidency is about? We all fought for this power but certain people have hijacked it.”

On his alleged removal as Governor of Bayelsa State by the forces of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) loyal to President Goodluck Jonathan, Sylva explained that the rift, which began over his refusal to complete the controversial and costly Tower Hotel project in the state, was what led to his dismissal.

“That project was given for N8 billion and I felt it was too high. But there was nothing I could do about it.

“Because I didn’t want to quarrel with the past administration, I would have cancelled the project. I decided to continue with the projects even though I don’t agree with all of them. I gave out N6 billion to the contractor and he took the project to where we are. And then, he came to me [to say[ that he needed a variation and that the original contract did not include external works, including environmental works. And I was shocked and asked how someone can give you such work without external works?