Bayelsa election: Don’t take us for a ride – Group tells Sylva

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The governorship ambition of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva suffered another setback on Wednesday as a socio-cultural group, Ijaw Elders for Good Governance accused him of taking the people of the state for granted by ignoring their calls to showcase his achievements while in office and what he intends to do.
The group noted with dismay that with less than forty days to the conduct of the governorship election, neither Sylva nor the leadership of his party is yet to intimate the people with the campaign plan.
Making this known in a statement signed by its chairman, Elder Goodness Abbey, said Sylva has vindicated the position of opposition party that he has nothing to offer the state.
The group posited that if Sylva thought President Mohammadu Buhari would support its violent approach to issues in order to win the election, he was making a mistake, saying Buhari would not support anything that would tarnish his reputation.
Describing the APC approach as not only crude but undemocratic, the group said it was unheard of that a party is contesting an election without embarking on any campaign.
Calling on the security operatives to beam their searchlight on the APC, the group said the position of APC on the forthcoming election has lent credence to the submission of the Peoples Democratic Party that it is planning to seize power through violence.
The statement reads in part: “the position of Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) is clear on the issue of campaign. It is an opportunity for the party to unfold its developmental plans.
“However, this is not the case with the APC, rather than embarking on campaign, its members are disrupting the existing peace in the state.
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“Even though we are non partisan, we commended the efforts of the Peoples Democratic Party, especially its community based campaign approach. This has afforded the people the opportunity to assess its performance.
“The APC should borrow a leaf from the PDP rather than banking on federal might and the use of violence.”

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