The governorship bid of the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate in the December 5 election in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, received a major boost on Monday as indigenous contractors in the state threw their weight behind him.
The endorsement of Sylva by the contractors came on the heels of a similar endorsement of his candidacy at the weekend by Bayelsa Elders.
The governorship election in the state is a two-horse race between the APC and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, whose candidate, Governor Seriake Dickson, is seeking a second term.
In a statement issued after their meeting in Yenagoa, the state capital, the contractors under the aegis of Indigenous Contractors Association (ICA), directed all its members in various communities to mobilise support for Sylva.
The statement, signed by ICA’s President in the state, Mr. Clement Adaminegbe, said Sylva encouraged local and indigenous contractors during his first tenure as governor between 2008 and 2012.
They added that the former governor provided enabling environment and adequate security across the state during his first tenure, which resulted in contractors conducting their businesses without fear.
“Issues of sea piracy and kidnapping were tackled to the barest minimum during his tenure as oil workers and contractors freely carried out their jobs in the creeks of Bayelsa State without fear”, they said.
The contractors, however, lamented the spate of kidnapping and sea piracy under the present administration, saying the current situation had made it difficult for both foreign and local contractors to execute their projects.
“If Sylva is elected again, he would do his best to secure lives and property in the state. Contractors will not be left out in Sylva’s administration”, Adaminegbe said.