The runners-up in Tuesday’s governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State have congratulated the winner, Chief Timipre Sylva. Sylva was declared winner of the primary election and, thus, candidate of APC in the December 5 governorship election in the state by the party’s Electoral Committee after polling 726 votes against 10 votes polled by his closest rival, Mr. Warman Ogoriba.
In a statement signed by the aspirants, including Ogoriba, Senator Clever Ikisikpo, Chief Romeo Bekeyai, Chief Godknows Powell, Mrs. Charity Vadelago, and Engr. Ebitei Francis, they said they were proud of the good fight they had fought. The aspirants acknowledged that since a winner had emerged through a transparent process, it behoved them and all APC members to rally round the party’s candidate for victory at the governorship election.
The statement titled, “Join Us In Congratulating Our Candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva,” read, “We, the undersigned, heartily congratulate the winner of the Bayelsa State governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress held on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, Chief Timpre Sylva. As aspirants in the contest and stakeholders in the APC family, we are proud of the democratic process that led to the emergence of our flag bearer for the December 5 governorship election in the state.
“We urge our brothers and sisters who might have disagreed in the process of agreeing on our governorship candidate to sink their differences and join the historic commission of delivering the APC victory on December 5, which the whole Bayelsa needs badly.
“Again, we congratulate Chief Sylva on emerging the governorship candidate of our great party, and congratulate the entire APC family in Bayelsa State on a transparent and successful primary election. We have once again demonstrated our reputation for fair play and good sportsmanship.”