Timipreye Sylva of APC loses ward to APGA

 In what appears to be a stunning offset in the political calculus of Brass Constituency II, former Governor of Bayelsa State and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state,  Chief Timipre Sylva lost his Polling Unit and Ward to the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Saturday’s rescheduled House of Assembly election as APGA wins the election. 

The APC Leader’s preferred candidate, Mr Sam Igbeta pulled a total of 65 votes in Okpoama Unit 004, while the winner, Deacon Alfred Watson Belemote of APGA scored 66.   It will be recalled that SAYELBA TIMES monitored Okpoama Unit 004 during the April 11 polls and brought you reports of the event that led to its cancellation and rescheduling.   Observers have described this result as a big blow to Chief Sylva,  who has already been hailed as the new Leader of the Ijaws and Niger Delta by his followers,  owing to his position in the country’s ruling party. 

This is because yesterday’s election was seen as a litmus test of the much trumpeted political resurgence of the former Governor and a gauge of his street cred as Bayelsa Prepares for a Gubernatorial election in November of this year.   As one PDP Chieftain who spoke to us on the condition of anonymity puts it “Election is about numbers, which means the man that’s more popular will emerge victorious.

 Frankly, Sylva is not popular in Brass LGA. But his virtual stooges will hype him like he’s loved by his people. Politics is beyond facebook propaganda. Today, you can’t win elections with violence. Besides, nobody has monopoly of violence. What happened in Brass Constituency II is a case of the electorates showing Sylva that he failed them as Governor, and that his sins are unforgivable. That’s why his handpicked APC candidate; Sam Igbeta, failed woefully. He, Sylva, can never win an election in his ward. 

He should forget about vying for any elective post because we know he will still fail us.” The PDP man spoke further “am happy that even if we did not win, the APC too lost. At least now people will know that despite his fantasy Sylva is not close to been as popular as his Facebook vuvuzela boys and girls want to world to believe. He can lie to his Masters in Abuja that he is popular, but the reality on ground is that he is not. 

I will be extremely joyous if he runs against Dickson with this form”   we brought you a report earlier today where the Bayelsa APC number One man hinted at the possibility of him joining the Governorship race, by declaring his eligibility.     Confusion has however trailed the results as the Returning Officer who declared the election inconclusive by 2am, turned around to declare the APGA Candidate winner by 4am.   Still Constituents of Brass Constituency II SAYELBA TIMES spoke with revealed that the APGA man, Deacon Belemote is a far more popular candidate than his three other main challengers.   

Nevertheless, the exercise was cancelled in 12 Units, 8 of which are in Ward 3 (Ewoama) a ward some claim to be a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stronghold.   Of the results out so far, APGA leads with more than 300 votes with the APC, Social Democratic Party (SDP) and PDP in second, third and fourth positions respectively.   The PDP’s candidate Hon. Nyananyo Tubo was the Deputy Chairman of the Party in the State under the suspended Col Sam Inokoba.   With this win, APGA now has two members in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly having earlier won a seat in Kolokuma/Opokuma Constituency II through Mr Ebiye Tarabina.

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