Bayelsa Guber Poll: ‘David Lyon not Sylva’s candidate for APC’—-APC Chieftain
A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state, Sunday Frank-Okputu, has described as a ‘ruse’ and ‘mockery’ the claims by some politicians in the state that a philanthropist, David Lyon, is the candidate endorsed by the minister of state for petroleum resources, Timipre Sylva, to run for governorship of the party in the state.
According to Sunday Frank-Okputu, the claim is false and a mockery of the preparations of the APC to embark on serious preparation of taking over the state from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
unday Frank-Okputu, a one-time chairman of the Inter-party advisory council (IPAC), while commenting on the governorship aspirants screening exercise of the APC in Yenagoa, said the minister of petroleum resources cannot stand anywhere and agree that he is presenting and endorsing David Lyon as a governorship aspirant of the APC and possible governor of the state.
According to him: “Some politicians claim that it was Sylva that brought David Lyon into the race. But I know Sylva cannot stand anywhere and make such presentation. Because if he does, Nigerians and the entire international community will look at him in a different light. I know Sylva cannot present an incompetent aspirant that cannot stand and address the people on issues of Bayelsa governance.’
‘Sylva is a competent man that can stand in any forum to address everyone. And I know he would not stoop so low to go and bring someone that cannot do same. So, those claiming that Sylva brought him are making false claims. Bayelsa have passed a stage where they will bring someone and say he is the chosen one.’
Frank-Okputu said the APC in Bayelsa state should focus on the screening of competent and dependable personalities that had picked nomination forms and focus on dislodging a strong politician like the Governor of Bayelsa state, Hon.Seriake Dickson, ‘the Bayelsa governorship contest is a serious business if we are contesting with Governor Dickson and his PDP.’
‘Bayelsa should look beyond sentiments and choose from the other six personalities vying for the party ticket. We don’t need an aspirant that will seat in his community and be speaking Ijaw dialect when other competent and eloquent speaking personalities are available. APC in Bayelsa needs to do its best because we are going into serious business.’
On the kind of aspirant the APC needs to fly its flag and contest the November 2019 elections, Hon. Sunday Frank-Okputi said the APC needed a candidate that will be acceptable to the general people of the state,’ we need someone that can stand and address comity of state, governors, international community, other personalities. We are talking of someone that will be called to address the press on issues of the state and national importance. He will stand and present the joint position of the ijaw and Bayelsa state.
‘We are not talking about a candidate that will be among comity of state and prefer to speak Ijaw language. People should not out of sentiment say it must be the turn of Southern Ijaw and therefore incompetence should be glorified. Every society has outgrown such issues. Gone are those days when people use sentiment to judge a people. We should be bold and say ‘NO’, we don’t need you as governor at this time.’
‘He does not have what it takes. Though he is good in the oil business, it is not a criteria to adjudged him as a possible Governor. Bayelsa and Nigerians are looking out for competence. Bayelsa APC should be seen presenting its best not the worst. When we present our best, it is then our opponents will say we have capacity and are up-to-date on politics. Instead, politicians are making false claims.’