The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the stalemated governorship election in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, has denied reports that he has withdrawn from the rescheduled election in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, saying he is in the race to win.
Sylva said those fabricating stories about his withdrawal from the inconclusive governorship election were making unsuccessful attempts to save the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and incumbent Governor Seriake Dickson, from what he termed “sure and imminent defeat”.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has fixed January 9, 2016 as date for the rescheduled election in the state.
In a statement yesterday in Yenagoa, the state capital, by his media adviser, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, Sylva, a former governor of the state, urged Dickson to stop dissipating his energy on “falsehood, hypocrisy and deceit”.
The statement said: “Dickson should wait for the outcome of the governorship election and try to control his fear and deceit, which cannot sway any Bayelsan, as the people know better”.
It added: “The falsehood about Sylva’s withdrawal from the governorship contest, that Dickson had tried to mar with his uncivilised vituperations and open call to violence, is part of the same strategy of deceit and violence, which Dickson and PDP have employed since the beginning of the election process.
“In lie after lie, which we have roundly exposed, Dickson has shown that he has nothing other than deception to offer the people of Bayelsa in the election. This latest chicanery about Sylva’s withdrawal, as the others before it, will not give Dickson any reprieve from sure and imminent defeat awaiting him.
“Sylva has no reason to withdraw from the election he is poised to win. In fact, the matter has gone beyond Sylva. The people of Bayelsa State have bonded in a mass movement determined to make a history of Dickson’s maladministration.
“The issue is now between Dickson and the people, who have resolved to vote him out. Little wonder he resorted to sponsorship of violence during the election, knowing he cannot win a peaceful contest in the state he has misruled for nearly four years.
“Dickson has achieved a remarkable notoriety for spreading lies about Sylva, using certain political newsletters masquerading as online newspapers and sponsoring ridiculous suits on the election. He has also set up a kangaroo commission of enquiry to try to divert attention from his crimes against Bayelsa people in the last few weeks. These will fail.
“Sylva is at peace with himself and the Bayelsa people, as they patiently wait for the stilling of the violent storms initiated by Dickson and his co-travellers on the destructive path of political savagery, to take over power on February 14, 2016”.