Former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Leader of the All Progressives Congress APC in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva has thanked the party loyalists and Bayelsans after after his emergence as the party’s governorship candidate ahead of guber polls this year.
Addressing the press after the elections on Saturday, Chief Sylva said “This is not a personal victory, it is a collective one. Our party has once again demonstrated what true democracy is, how elections should be – peaceful, credible and reflective of the people’s wishes.
“I thank the other aspirants. As a party and as a people we owe them a debt of gratitude. I do not see their move as one of ambition, all I see, all that can be seen is true love and patriotism for our state and party.
“I thank members of our great party who came out en masse to vote. I know the dream that spurred you on – a better Bayelsa, a more accountable state, a truly prosperous state and the original Glory of All Lands.
“Together we will achieve that. I will work with the other aspirants and party stakeholders and we will create the Bayelsa we all yearn for, we will make every Bayelsan proud of our state’
“Our brothers and sisters from other political divides must have watched how the APC elections went. We demand the same decorum in the general elections. Bayelsans deserve the right to freely exercise their franchise, they must have a stake in their own state”, his Special Assistant on Media And Public Affairs, Julius Bokoru quoted the former minister as saying.
Sylva was declared winner of the APC primaries by General Ahmed Jibrin (rtd.) Chairman of the APC Election Committee for Bayelsa State.