- APC has been advised to engage influential political stakeholders in Bayelsa state
- The advise was given by a group known as Young Stakeholders Forum, south-south zone
- The group stated that taking this route is a good chance for the APC to win the forthcoming governorship election
A group of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the platform of Young Stakeholders Forum (YSF), south-south zone has called on the national leadership of the party to urgently embark on a total reconciliation move within and outside the party to ensure victory ahead of November 16th governorship election in Bayelsa.
The group believes that the chances of APC taking over Bayelsa currently is very high.
The group, therefore, advised but the party's governors forum, National Working Committee (NWC) and the Bayelsa state leadership of the party, under former governor Timipreye Sylva, should forget about political sentiments for now by reaching out to political stakeholders in Bayelsa politics.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Sunday, October 13 and signed by its coordinator, Hon. Charles Ibinabo, the group said after a careful study of how the election will play out, Bayelsa is up for APC if it leaders could reach out to some persons and ensure total reconciliation among its members.
Hon. Ibinabo specifically called on the presidency to convene an urgent round table meeting with all the aggrieved governorship aspirants in the state and secure their commitment to the election.
According to him, Timi Alaibe's political family, including former APC Bayelsa state chairman, Chief Tiwe Orunimighe and the former APC deputy national publicity secretary, Comrade Timi Frank, who had predicted a victory for APC, among others should be engaged.
Part of the statement read: “Timi Alaibe's political family cannot be ignored in Bayelsa politics. This is a man with massive supporters across all the political parties in the state and being a former APC leader in the state; he should be talked to.
“For the former APC state chairman, Chief Tiwe Orunimighe and the former APC spokesman, Timi Frank, their support become necessary because of their antecedents, the area they come from and their influence in Bayelsa politics.
“In 2015, Timi Frank was in APC and his prediction of the then-candidate of the party came to pass. He has also said that APC will take over Bayelsa in the forthcoming election, we should embrace these voices and bring them on board to achieve total victory.”
The young APC stakeholders, however, revealed that on its own part, it has set up a 5-man delegation to meet Chief Alaibe, Chief Tiwe Orunimighe and even Timi Frank in Dubai, among others before the election.
The group specifically appealed to the minister of petroleum, Chief Timipreye Sylva to forget about whatever might have happened between him and the aforementioned before and give peace a chance to achieve the desired goal for the APC.
Meanwhile, the deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Mr. Yekini Nabena has alleged that there are plans to rig the forthcoming Bayelsa governorship election.
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