Real reason Alaibe withdrew from Bayelsa race

By Amako Nneji September 30, 2015 14:43

Real reason Alaibe withdrew from Bayelsa race

The Former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Timi Alaibe, on Wednesday announced his withdrawal from the primary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the December 5 governorship election.

Alaibe who made this announcement stated that he was trying to avoid a crisis situation that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would use to defeat the APC at the end of the day.

Earlier, the PDP in the state accused Alaibe for donating N10 billion towards the realization of the aborted third term plot of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The PDP State Secretary, Godspower Keku, in a statement in Yenagoa, said Alaibe’s antecedents as the NDDC, boss proved that he was a “desperate power monger” who cannot be trusted with public funds.

Alaibe was among the political big weights that decamped to the APC on August 9, 2015 at the Sampson Siasia Sports Complex, Yenagoa.

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It was learnt that few days to the State governorship primaries some delegates loyal to Alaibe reportedly went into hiding, following alleged threats by some chieftains of the party, rooting for a the former governor of the state, Timipre Slyva.

According to reports, an influential member of the party threatened delegates not to allow a newcomer like Alaibe to reach out to them for votes.

There were claims that the alleged threats were coming from ranking state party officials, who had made cash promises and other incentives available, to be shared before and after the governorship primaries.

    “On the issue of threat and intimidation, some leaders of our party have started harassing delegates, warning them of grave consequences should they vote their conscience, claiming that they were there when the party started and therefore should pocket whatever dividends are accrue to the state,” Alaibe alleged in one of his open letters.

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The September 22 APC Bayelsa primaries ended in a deadlock after the Chairman, Electoral Committee for the primary and Edo Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomole, left the venue early, citing irregularities as a reason for his action.

The Former Governor of the State and an aspirant Timipre Sylva was later declared winner by other members of the committee before the election was declared inconclusive by the national leaders of the party, prompting Sylva and his supporters to reject the call for a fresh election.

The National Working Committee met on Monday and fixed today (Wednesday) for a fresh election.

The Sylva campaign who initially rejected the cancellation of the election threatened fire and brimstone

    “Let us restate here that an APC candidate for the December 5, 2015 governorship election in Bayelsa State has emerged and that candidate is Chief Timipre Sylva. No amount of media manipulation can change that. This is a society of law and order.

    “Besides, there is no way a hopelessly compromised Oshiomhole, who has also openly displayed his bias, can be asked again to go and conduct an election in Bayelsa State. Even his masters know that will be unacceptable to Nigerians,” the campaign organization said.

Political critics had however, clarified that the events that played out during the primary election at the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa, were triggered by Sylva’s “inordinate ambition”, saying they could have been avoided had the former governor played by the rules rather than “obsessive inclination to seize power” in what he also referred to as “do or die politics”

The group also took a swipe at Sylva, describing him as a “politician whose politics is founded on thuggery, violence and brigandage”.

While announcing his withdrawal, Alaibe said “I am not oblivious of the fundamental fact that we all need a virile, united, cohesive and collaborative APC to bring about our desires to fruition,” read a statement issued by Alaibe.

    “Not only do we need this, APC deserves every sacrifice, including personal interests, to arrive at the envisaged destination come February, 2016.

    “Whereas I am confident that I have the required support of my admirers and supporters as well as the needed backing of Bayelsans to govern them, the hurdles set on the way of this noble project are seemingly tempestuous and capable of overheating the APC in Bayelsa.”

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