24 October 2011
•I didn’t threaten violence -Sylva •Crisis hits PDP over waiver for Alaibe
NEW twists and permutations have continued to characterise the political landscape in Bayelsa State ahead of the November 19, 2011 governorship primary as loyalists of Governor Timipre Sylva have threatened to dump the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) if their principal is denied the ticket.
Curiously too, posters of the governor adorning major streets of Yenagoa, the state capital, are without the logo of the PDP, the umbrella, as his supporters rolled out the drums to welcome him back to Yenagoa on Saturday.
This development is coming on the heels of reports that the governor, alongside two prominent ex-militant leaders, is being placed under close security watch by the ‘intelligence circle’ over alleged threats of violence in the event that someone other than Sylva is picked as the candidate of the PDP.
Governor Sylva was alleged to have threatened to deal with certain individuals (names withheld), who are indigenes of the state, for ‘encouraging’ moves aimed at denying him the governorship ticket, vowing to unleash mayhem in the state.