– Commends Moses Siasia for Flooring Dickson
The Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in this Saturday’s election and former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, has given the reason for his absence at the debate organized by the Nigerian Election Debate Group (NEDG), in Yenagoa on Wednesday, 2nd December, 2015.
Sylva, explained that he was held back on a campaign tour to some communities in Sagbama Local Government Area including Odoni and Agbere communities in line with the party’s campaign schedule approved weeks ago.
A statement by the Director of Media and Publicity of the Sylva-Igiri Campaign Organisation, Chief Nathan Egba, said the absence of the APC candidate was not deliberate and that the campaign organization wishes to offer its apologies to the organisers and entire people of the state.
According to Nathan- Egba “Chief Sylva, had expressed the reservation on having a close contact with Governor Seriake Dickson because of his aggressive posture in an early debate hosted by a private radio station in Yenagoa, his absence was not in any way to undermine the collective interest of the people.
“It would be recalled that Governor Dickson, who is the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), displayed the lack of decorum expected of the occupant of such an exalted position, when he flared up in anger over a seemingly innocuous comment by Chief Sylva in a debate that also featured two other candidates.”
Egba, thanked the Nigerian Election Debate Group for providing a platform to the candidates to show case their agenda and commended the PDM candidate, Moses Siasia, in the live Television debate for putting up a good performance.
He noted that a lot of Bayelsans appreciated the vision of Mr. Siasia, who floored incumbent Governor Seriake Dickson, who looked jittery with no delivery on clear policies and programmes in various sectors.
Egba continued: “The poor outing of the Governor in the debate was an embarrassment to the state and that this has clearly shown that he does not deserve the votes of Bayelsans as he lacks the character and leadership quality the state needs at the moment.
“Chief Timipre Sylva, is an orator with deep knowledge of the nation’s economy and Bayelsa development issues who is clearly a better and organized speaker than Governor Dickson.
“If Chief Sylva had nothing to offer, he probably would not have attended the first debate and even went out to campaign. We have been advising Governor Dickson to focus on his campaigns and leave us out of his mischief.”
On the statement by the out-going Governor that Chief Sylva deliberately stayed away from the Wednesday’s debate because of the fear that he will lose the election, the spokesman of the Sylva-Igiri Campaign Organisation, said Dickson was jittery as he rightly knows he will lose the election.