The Deputy Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Great Joshua MacIver, has congratulated the flag bearer of the Party in the concluded governorship election in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Marlin Sylva, on his 60th birthday anniversary.

MacIver, who described the former Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, as a political leader who has passion for empowering youths, raising young leaders and millionaires, adding that he is a symbol of excellence to Bayelsa and the nation at large.

Describing the Okpo-ama born politician, popularly known De OPUABADI, as a blessing to Bayelsa State, the Niger Delta region and Nigeria at large, MacIver commended Sylva for his resourcefulness and unwavering dedication to Bayelsa State as a testament to God’s guidance and Grace in his life.

He expressed his deepest admiration for the resilience, passion, and dedication of Chief Timipre Sylva to public service, insisting that his leadership style is an inspiration to many in the state, and predicting a future brimming with renewed hope and a prosperous Bayelsa under his visionary leadership.

In a statement he said “His Excellency, my beloved Leader, Chief Timipre Marlin Sylva, De OPUABADI, I warmly celebrate your 60th birthday and honour your remarkable leadership and vision.


“As we celebrate this milestone, I join countless others in acknowledging your remarkable leadership and vision for Bayelsa State and the Niger Delta region. Your resourcefulness and unwavering dedication are a testament to God’s guidance and Grace in your life.

“Your Excellency Sir, your unrelenting passion for empowering youths and raising young leaders and millionaires, including my humble self and other notable sons and daughters (aged between 27 and 30 years), during your tenure as the amiable Executive Governor of Bayelsa (from 2007 to 2012) has created a shining legacy that will continue to inspire me and generations to come. This record remains unbeaten and unparalleled by successive governments in the State.

“Your dogged pursuit of excellence during your golden reign in office, evident in areas such as infrastructural development, economic growth, improved living standards, and the successful implementation of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, which provided thousands of beneficiaries with tertiary education, skilled training, monthly stipends, and ultimately restored peace and security to the Niger Delta region, thereby revitalizing the oil and gas industry and promoting economic development, has earned you widespread respect and admiration.

“As your Deputy Governorship candidate of the APC, Bayelsa 2023 gubernatorial elections, I am filled with profound gratitude for the opportunity to serve alongside you, a privilege made possible by your leadership and mentorship. Though the courts have yet to restore the mandate erroneously declared, I remain deeply indebted to you for believing in me and providing guidance and support throughout this journey.

“Your trust in me is a testament to your unwavering commitment to developing future leaders, and I am honoured to be a beneficiary of your wisdom and experience. Your leadership and mentorship have been instrumental in my growth and development, and I am eager to continue learning from you.

“As my beloved leader, your vision is like a spark that ignites the fire of progress, and your dedication is the fuel that keeps it burning bright. Thank you for being a shining example of transformative leadership and service. Myself and Bayelsans eagerly await your return to office to usher in a new era of progress with great joy. Here’s to many more years of wisdom, impact, and celebration.”

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