- Sen. Nimi Amange, a former PDP senator, predicted victory for APC in the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa state
- Analysing how votes will be shared by the two major parties, Amange claimed APC has a stronghold in three LGAs, while PDP has strength in two
- The former lawmaker further predicted that the remaining three LGAs will be shared equally by the two parties
Sen. Nimi Amange, a former senator who represented former President Goodluck Jonathan’s constituency on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), predicts victory for APC in the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa state.
Amange recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, claiming that he left PDP because of Governor Seriake Dickson’s “unilateral style of leadership,” which he likened to an emperor.
Amange was a PDP senator from 2007 to 2011. Bayelsa PDP has, however, disowned him saying he had joined another party before joining APC.
Amange had in a letter to the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, stated that he had left his former party to join APC, ahead of the November 16 governorship poll in Bayelsa., the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
In the letter, he analysed how the two major parties would share votes and predicted bright chances for APC.
According to him, the APC governorship candidate, David Lyon, is from the local government with the highest voting strength, adding that this will brighten the party's chances.
Amange added that he will also deliver his local government, Nembe, to the APC. He further said that APC will also win in Brass local government because Chief Timipre Sylva is from there.
Sylva is a former governor of Bayelsa state and current minister of state for petroleum.
Amange conceded two LGAs, Kolokuma/Opokuma and Sagbama to the PDP because the party's governorship candidate and his running mate are from there.
He concluded that while the APC has a stronghold in three LGAs, the PDP's strength is in only two local governments one of which he claimed is the smallest.
The former PDP chieftain said the remaining three LGAs will be shared equally by the two parties, therefore predicting victory for APC.
His words: “APC governorship candidate, David Lyon, hails from Southern Ijaw local government area, with the highest voting strength.
“I come from Nembe LGA and by my joining APC, Nembe has fallen into the hands of APC.
“Brass LGA is Chief Timipre Sylva’s area and therefore an APC stronghold.
“So, those three LGs are gone and we can give Kolokuma/Opokuma, the smallest LGA, to PDP because their candidate is from there.
“Then Sagbama LGA, where the governor comes from, will be donated to him because PDP’s running mate is from Sagbama.
“The question is, what will other LGAs do? So, we are taking three, they are taking two. The remaining three LGAs is 50/50."
Formed in 1996 from parts of Rivers state, Bayelsa state has 8 Local Government Areas (LGAs). They are Brass, Ekeremor, Kolokuma/Opokuma, Nembe, Ogbia, Sagbama, Southern Ijaw and Yenagoa.
Recall that Comrade Timi Frank, a political activist, had also predicted that the PDP would lose the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa state to APC for fielding an alleged weak candidate.
Frank subsequently congratulated the candidate of the APC in Bayelsa state ahead of the elections.
"APC will win the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa state seeing the weak candidate (Governor Seriake) Dickson and the PDP have chosen as their flag-bearer,” Frank predicted.
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