23 October 2011
The Governor Sylva interviewWhy they want my job
T he race for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for the 2012 governorship election in Bayelsa State gets keener by the day. In the last few days, the calculations have swung like a pendulum following the entry of the immediate past Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Chief Ndutimi Alaibe, into the race.
Alaibe had a few days ago made a dramatic return to the PDP, which he dumped for the Labour Party (LP) prior to the April 2011 election before an
ruled that the tenure of Governor Timipre Sylva and four of his other colleagues had not expired. Now, Alaibe is expecting a waiver from the PDP to be able to slug it out with a Reps member, Hon. Seriake Dickson, and the incumbent governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, for the sole ticket at next month’s primary election.
But Governor Sylva appears unshaken by the cacophony of voices over the ticket and he did not mince words when he spoke exclusively to Sunday Sun in his
delectable home on Thursday afternoon. Exuding confidence, the towering, man-of-style Bayelsa chief executive believes it is a no-contest even before the ballot is held. Abuja
He dubbed his opponents as noisemakers, who prefer to dance on the pages of newspapers and unfairly dropping the name of President Goodluck Jonathan just to grab attention. Excerpts…By Daniel Alabrah