The Campaign Council for Bayelsa All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Timipre Sylva, on Tuesday, slammed Governor Douye Diri over his alleged move to ensure their principal didn’t make the ballot.

The Council said Diri’s effort to stop Sylva has failed.

The campaign team also warned that the era of using ‘backdoor’ by any party candidate to emerge as governor is over.

The reaction comes hours after the immediate-past Minister of State for Petroleum Resources was cleared by the Appeal Court to contest the November 11 governorship poll in Bayelsa State.

In a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of justices, the court vacated an earlier judgement of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which disqualified Sylva from participating in the governorship poll. 


Reacting via a statement, Secretary of Bayelsa APC Media and Publicity Committee, Yekini Nabena, praised the judgment, saying it will enable Sylva to concentrate on correcting the alleged bad governance his people have suffered in the past four years.

He said, “Diri is not known to have ever won any election but always comes through the back door to occupy the exalted seat against the popular mandate of the electorates. We are using this medium to tell Governor Diri and his cohort that there is no room for black market victory in this election. It is either you come clean or leave the race, but certainly no court will save Diri from heavy defeat this time around.

“History is not about to repeat itself because Governor Diri is not known for ever winning any clear electoral contest and the people of Bayelsa are tired of an accidental Governor.

“Our people are yearning for development, and our candidate’s six-point agenda is not ambiguous. The experiences of our amiable candidate will surely be an added advantage, coupled with his link with the APC at the centre and the Renewed Hope Agenda. So, we promise to give the people of Bayelsa a new lease of life once we are able to chase away this government of inefficiency and wastefulness.”

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