Timipre Sylva, the party’s candidate for the upcoming governorship of the state, has come under fire from some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bayelsa State chapter for allegedly operating like a one-man operation.
Under the direction of the Bayelsa APC Integrity Group, the stakeholders stated that Sylva’s attitude is the reason the APC in Bayelsa is in ruins and in desperate need of oxygen.
The group said that the governorship candidate had excluded many industry veterans from the picture by appointing himself as the Campaign Council’s Director General and surrounding himself with only members of his inner circle.
With only a few weeks until the election, the group claimed in a statement provided to reporters on Thursday that the goodwill enjoyed by the APC in Bayelsa has vanished. Chief Ebipadeowei Oyinkuro is the coordinator of the group.
The text of the statement said: “The party is in ruins and displaying signs of needing oxygen, in addition to appearing to be entering combat with its flanks wide open.
Respected and powerful party members in the state—who are accurately referred to as the “first and best 11″—have all abandoned Chief Sylva.
Numerous other party mainstays who never intended to be dissidents are also openly aligning themselves with Sen. Douye Diri, the opposition’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate.
They are upset with Chief Sylva for acting arrogantly and treating the APC in the state like it is his own property.
They perceive his desire to become governor as an inherited right. The fact that Chief Sylva is the chairman of his own campaign and a gubernatorial candidate sums up the narrative the best. Joshua Macaiver, his running mate, is the co-chairman, and his cousin Chief Dennis Otiotio, the state chairman of the Party, is the alternate chairman. Most of the remaining members of the campaign council come from Sylva’s social circle.