Former Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva has declared that the All Progressives Congress will take over Bayelsa State in the forthcoming Nov 11 Guber elections.
Sylva made this statement while responding to questions from journalists in the state house, after he paid a courtesy to the President, Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
He had paid a visit to the President to seek for his support in his bid to become Governor of Bayelsa State for the second time.
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The former Governor of the state had won his first term election in 2011 under the platform of the PDP but could not retain his seat for a second term.
However, Timipre Sylva has expressed his readiness to take up leadership in the state, owing to his experience and exposure as one term governor and Minister.
Sylva while fielding questions also took time to reveal his 6 point agenda, in his words:
We are set to take over Bayelsa, I came to inform Mr. President and take advice from him,” he said.
Sylva said: “I have been a governor, and I’ve been part of the politics of Bayelsa from inception. So, I know Bayelsa and Bayelsa knows me.
“You know also, in 2019 we won the election. The governor that is there today is a governor that won only two local governments in that election. But unfortunately, you know what happened.
“Even previously in 2015, we won the election. The Southern Ijaw results were cancelled and were redone and of course, you know what took place at a time.
“So, we are fully on ground. APC is the party on ground in Bayelsa State and I can assure you that we can do it again and we will do it again.”
He also commended President Tinubu for “a great job he’s doing”, especially on the removal of fuel subsidy, which previous administrations, including his own, could not do.
“I believe that we are on the verge of an economic turnaround in this country.
We need a president who understands the economy and I believe that we have one now. That’s really part of what we discussed,” Sylva said.
Sylva will be in the ring with Senator Douye Diri, incumbent Governor of the state from the PDP, in the November 11 governorship elections 2023.