The Bayelsa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Campaign Organisation of Timipre Sylva, have on Friday attacked each other verbally over the candidacy of the All Progressive Congress (APC) flag bearer for the December 5 governorship election.
The PDP state Secretary, Keku Godspower, in a statement in Yenagoa on Friday, revealed that the emergence of Sylva was a shame and insult to the collective sensibilities of people of Bayelsa and APC members.
According to him, APC’s decision was an indication that it was not prepared for any serious outing in the election because “everybody in Bayelsa knows that Sylva is not electable.”
Keku, however, claimed that since Sylva’s emergence, there was palpable fear, tension and apprehension among people of Bayelsa following the violence that marred the recent APC primary in the state.
But Sylva’s campaign organisation in a statement signed by Doifie Buokoribo, said the PDP was jittery because its candidate, Dickson, would soon become history.
He said: “We know the PDP game plan was to prevent the emergence of a strong and popular APC governorship candidate so that they can easily repeat their trademark shenanigan of aborting democratic competition and stealing victory without a contest.
“With that deception, they stole the mandate of the people in 2011, when both Chief Timipre Sylva and Mr. Ndutimi Alaibe were dubiously excluded just to give Hon. Henry Dickson victory without a real electoral contest.
“All the frenzied disparagement of Sylva now by PDP is an understandable manifestation of fear and frustration over their impending, indubitable defeat at the December 5 election. That frenzy is understandable. We will make Dickson history.”
Recall, Sylva, who emerged the APC candidate, will battle it out with the sole candidate of the PDP and incumbent state Governor, Seriake Dickson.
However, the PDP said Sylva is not electable.