Timipre Sylva, embattled governor of Bayelsa State, has no doubt gone through a lot of political problems for quite sometime now. Sadly, efforts of fellow South-south governors to help him secure a place for screening in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the 2012 gubernatorial elections eventually hit a brick-wall.
Sources revealed that Godswill Apkabio, Liyel Imoke, and Rotimi Amaechi, governors of Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Rivers states respectively, could not get President Goodluck Jonathan to give Sylva a soft landing in order for him to participate in the party’s primaries coming up in a few weeks.
Sylva has been ruled out from the contest to fly the party’s ticket in the forth-coming governorship elections. Others ruled out include Timi Alaibe, former managing director, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Ben Bruce, managing director of the Silver Bird group and Igali Boladet.
Meanwhile, Sylva has expressed concern that his rights as a member of the party are being denied by the party’s National Working Committee. There are also, strong indications that even as the drama keeps unfolding, Sylva would abide by his pledge not to decamp to another party. He may however, be looking in the direction of the court to give him respite.
By Donald Agbons