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Politicians defecting from one party to another need psychiatric test - Sylva

Politicians defecting from one party to another need psychiatric test - Sylva

- Timipre Sylva insists he remains a member of the APC

- The former governor said those defecting from party to party need mental evaluation

- He accused the PDP of spreading rumour about him

The former governor of Bayelsa, Timipre Sylva, has said that there is correlation between defecting from one party to another and mental instability, suggesting that those doing so need to undergo psychiatric evaluation.

The Cable reports that Sylva said this on Thursday, August 23, while responding to rumour that he had left the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Julius Bokoru, the former governor accused the PDP in Bayelsa of spreading the rumour. He insisted that he remains rooted in the APC.

He said: “While ordinarily such rumours are laughable at best and preposterous at worst, Governor Sylva wishes to state (for the sake of his supporters) that he remains firmly a member and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, a party he pioneered in Bayelsa state and a party he believes is steering the country out of the shackles of mediocrity and under-development.

“Sylva is at loss what purpose this baseless rumour is meant to serve. But you cannot put anything past the demented PDP government in Bayelsa state.

“Chief Timipre Sylva finds a correlation between impulsive defections and mental instability, and so, considers those flirting from party to party as people needing psychiatric evaluation.

“While this fabricated rumour may be evidence that some members of the PDP dream of having someone of his fine qualities within their ranks, Chief Timipre Sylva hopes that stating his unwavering commitment to the APC will cause those hallucinating about his imaginary defection to wake up."

It will be recalled that Nathaniel Sylva, kinsman of ex-governor Timipre Sylva, visited Governor Seriake Dickson on Wednesday, February 28, sparking rumours of possible defection to the PDP.

Sylva, a former chairman of Brass local government, visited Governor Seriake Dickson in his office at the Government House, Yenagoa.

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In a chat with journalists after the visit, Sylva commended Governor Dickson for the giant development strides recorded in the state under his administration.

The visit however sparked rumours of defection as some media reports suggests Sylva has already dumped the APC ship.

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