Sylva must be joking with his APC takeover mission, says Bayelsa PDP spokeman

Yenagoa—The Bayelsa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has lambasted the minister of state for petroleum resources, Chief Timipre Sylva for his declaration of a complete takeover in the state by the All Progressives Congress, APC.

In a meeting attended by APC stakeholders in Yenagoa on Saturday, Sylva called for unity and declared that the party will be victorious in next year’s general elections.

But the PDP in a statement signed by its spokesman, Ebiye Ogoli described Sylva’s declaration as a “boastful plot and “sheer arrogance of a non-existing political party in the state.”

Sylva’s declaration is a mere joke by a party that has no base and structure in the state where many of the members have since defected to PDP, Ogoli said.

According to him, “that party, APC, is in disarray in Bayelsa State. They have no base, no structure. Their members kept joining the umbrella party since we came on board in 2020.

“Before the 2023 elections, we will wind down the APC in the state completely.”
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He maintained that PDP remained the only viable political party in Bayelsa, adding that the people are wiser and would not allow the APC to manipulate their votes like it allegedly happened in 2019.

While insisting that PDP is fielding quality candidates at all levels, Ogoli said his party would win all the eight national assembly seats and the twenty-four state assembly seats in 2023.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, the PDP spokesman argues, remains the most experienced and prepared presidential candidate.

He noted that the outstanding performance of Governor Douye Diri in different sectors will make the electorate vote for all candidates of the party.

Ogoli asked: “Does APC still exist in Bayelsa State? Bayelsans who truly know the day-to-day political happenings in the state would tell that Chief Timipre Sylva was just joking since he needed to tell his few supporters something to cheer.

“We have moved beyond the voodoo votes they recorded for themselves in 2019. The new technology of INEC has taken care of votes manipulation. With BVAS, results writing like they did in 2019 is no longer possible. In any free and fair election in this state, APC cannot win a single seat.”

The PDP spokesman described APC as a party of deceit that has purportedly wrecked the Nigerian economy.

“Insecurity is at the highest level. They have become so unpopular among Nigerians. We must work with the people to vote APC out.

“We are very confident Atiku will win the presidential election,” Ogoli stated.

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