By PRECIOUS IBINABO DAVIDS, Port Harcourt
Following the allegation made by the former Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, that he was betrayed during his governorship election in 2015 by the All Progressives Congress (APC) state executives , the party has denied all the allegations, describing Sylva as a “serial loser.”
The Joseph Fafi-led faction of the party under the leadership of former acting governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Nestor Binabo, said it views with utmost disappointment the comments credited to Sylva where he described APC state excos and the people as “rats.”
A statement signed on Saturday by the Bayelsa State Assistant Publicity Secretary of the party, Christopher Abarowei, said the firmer governor’s naivety exposed “him to recurrent and avoidable catastrophic defeats” in the 2015 governorship polls.
“It is on record that these people Sylva ignominously referred to as rats facilitated his victory in 2015 governorship primary when it became clear to the blind and audible to the deaf that he has lost consensus of the party.
“We want to also point out that Sylva withdrew in his quest to be the National Chairman of our party when it became clear to him that he had lost to party consensus.
“His naivety exposes him to recurrent and avoidable catastrophic defeats in the polls.
“Who betrayed Sylva when he lost to Senator Ben Bruce in 2015? The fact is that he lost woefully to Bruce polling only 16,924 votes as against his opponent’s 88,454 votes.
“Furthermore, it became a management of shame when Sylva withdrew his case against Bruce from the tribunal without a cogent reason, with records showing that Sylva did not even cast his own vote in his polling station.
“We therefore see Sylva’s claim of betrayal as ploy to save face, launder his image and to hold-on to any available straw in trying to deny the fact that he is a serial loser.
“Let us remind Sylva that he did not physically attend any of our congresses in the state in 2014 and never knew the source of the funding of the processes. It is therefore childish and unacceptable, when leaders of our great party in Bayelsa State who laboured to build a solid foundation from the modest 43,000 membership to what we have now, to be accorded undeserving and derogatory terms like ‘betrayals and rats.”
While urging the former governor to show good qualities as one of the leaders of the APC and be abreast with the fact, the party said: “one of the hallmarks of a good leader is to accommodate different shades of opinion so as to win the ultimate prize of occupying Creek Haven in 2019 and stop dishing out despicable languages in trying to score very cheap political points which should be reserved for the opponents as we work assiduously for the success of our great party in the 2019 elections, both at the state and federal levels of governance.”