APC in Bayelsa heading for unrest as Sylva and Alaibe fight for 2016 Guber Ticket
Barring any last minute change of strategy, Timi Alaibe, former NDDC Executive Director, Finance and boss of Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC), is battling to pick the governorship ticket of the All Progressive People’s Congress, (APC) in Bayelsa State. It was gathered that Alaibe is presently locked in a serious political battle with former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Marlin Sylva, who by his present position in the APC is the leader of the party in the State.
Because of the political rivalry between them, Alaibe is likely to compound the problems of Sylva at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC). An insider source disclosed that the consolidated 50 count charges leveled against the former Governor of Bayelsa State for the second time was allegedly the contrivance of Alaibe, who wants Sylva out of the way so he could obtain the APC ticket without any serious opposition. The stage, according to a source is set to go for the soul of APC. There are strong indications too that Alaibe is at the verge of decamping to the APC to add teeth to his fight for the APC ticket.
Another source close to EFCC revealed that there has been a long-standing relationship between Ibrahim Lamorde – the EFCC Chairman and Alaibe, and that this relationship was consolidated when the latter was Chairman of NDDC. The source disclosed that when the former NDDC boss ran into trouble with the anti-graft agency, it was Larmode who found an exit route for Alaibe. Many fear that giving the antecedent of Sylva when he was a governor, Bayelsa people may not appreciate his candidature.
There is no gainsaying the fact that in the past, most people had erroneously pointed accusing fingers at former President Goodluck Jonathan as the cause of Sylva’s travails. However, “if President Jonathan was involved in the Sylva-EFCC drama, Sylva would have been spending time in jail, but Mr. President was innocent”, the source said. Expectedly, reliable sources said: “as we inch towards the governorship elections in Bayelsa State, the public should expect more of such revelations. If what is happening is anything to go by, then APC in Bayelsa State may be headed for total factionalization as the two political heavyweights may want to pull their strings, in what may appear as a popularity test, in a bid to capture the APC guber-ticket”. The aim, it was gathered was to change the political dynamics of Bayelsa State and ally with forces outside the state to take power by any means necessary.
This division may not be unconnected with the suspension of seven members of APC, including the former Special Adviser on Security to former Governor Timipre Sylva Chief Perekeme Kpodoh. The Bayelsa Chapter of APC is yet to give any cogent reasons for the unexpected expulsion of the seven persons. “What is clear however is that whereas APC is struggling to gain a foothold in Bayelsa State, the looming crisis is likely to cause a huge division in the Party? It might take conscience, will power and commonsense for the APC leadership to settle the brewing power tussle in the Party”, he said. Related Story : Visit to Buhari: AkwaIbom APC Disowns Ex-Governor Victor Attah In the unfolding scenario, it does appear that Timipre Sylva – the hunter is fast becoming the hunted, but whichever events will play out or otherwise is yet to be fathomed. In the circumstances, only time will tel
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