I Remain APC Governorship Candidate in Bayelsa

The Timipre Sylva Campaign for the
Bayelsa State 2015 gubernatorial election has described as misleading
and completely untrue, reports that the All Progressives Congress (APC)
Governorship Primary held on Tuesday, in Yenagoa had been cancelled or
rescheduled.

In a statement issued on Friday in Abuja, the campaign organization
maintained that the primary, which was won by Chief Timipre Sylva, was
conducted in accordance with the party’s rules and guidelines set by the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and as such the party
had no basis to cancel its outcomes.

The statement, signed on behalf of the campaign by Mr. Doifie
Buokoribo, said: “We want to state categorically that since the primary
election was conducted according to the rules and duly won by Sylva, he
remains the candidate of the APC in Bayelsa State and any statement to
the contrary is mere rumour.
“The National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun does not
have the powers to unilaterally annul a state primary election. We are
even shocked that he allowed his name to be used when he has not even
received the report from members of the electoral panel.
Beyond the electoral panel’s report, there is also an Appeals
Committee, which has the responsibility to examine complaints arising
from the primary election. It is only after the Appeals Committee has
concluded its job that the National Working Committee (NWC) will meet to
consider all reports from the primary, including those of the security
agencies.’’
The organization added that there were seven members of the panel at
the venue of the primary, saying the absence of Governor Adams
Oshiomhole alone could not invalidate the primary
“Oshiomhole lied that the election was marred by violence. There are
pictures and videos to prove that he lied. There are pictures and video
to show that Oshiomhole presided over the election and handed over the
exercise to the Secretary of the Panel on the excuse that he was going
to eat’’, the campaign organisation stated.
“It should also be pointed out that only Oshiomhole left the venue of
the election and that the remaining six panel members and INEC officials
remained in the venue till the winner was announced’’.
The organization challenged Oshiomhole to answer some questions
relating to his conducts, “which completely compromised’’ his position
as chair of the election panel adding that right from the beginning, it
was obvious that Oshiomhole was working towards a pre-determined answer
“Lastly, you cannot abort a baby that has already been born. The APC
governorship primary has been concluded in Bayelsa State, a winner has
emerged, and the winner is Sylva’’, Sylva Campaign group added.
“We therefore ask our teeming supporters to remain calm and ignore the
rumour that a new primary is being scheduled for early next week.”
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