APC is best platform for change — Sylva

APC candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva says his party
remains the best platform to bring the desired
change in Bayelsa just as he has dismissed claims
by his rivals that the PDP is an Ijaw party.
Sylva in an interview in Yenagoa urged the Ijaw to
embrace the APC, declaring that the state has a
history of aligning with the ruling party at the
centre.
He described as cheap sentiment the claim that the
PDP is “Ijaw party” saying the only true Ijaw party
was the National Solidarity Movement (NSM)
formed by the late Chief Melford Okilo.
The former Bayelsa State governor said though the
forthcoming election is not about him or his main
rival, Governor Seriake di-ccson of the PDP, “it is
about Bayelsans and the Ijaw people.”
Sylva said he was one of the founding members of
the PDP in the state before he left for the APC and
described the incumbent governor as a beneficiary
of the PDP having crossed from the, Alliance for
Democracy, AD.
“I have said in other fora that none of the parties,
either APC or PDP is an Ijaw party, they are
national parties. I was one of those who brought
PDP into Bayelsa; he (di-ccson) was not even a
member of the PDP. He was a member of AD at
that time.
He was never even a member of the PDP and that
is, he doesn’t know that I know the PDP more than
him and what the PDP stands for even though I am
not a member of that party now.
“The APC is also a national party. The true Ijaw
party we had was called the NSM, the National
Solidarity Movement, formed by the late sage,
Chief Melford Okilo. That party, when Chief Okilo
realize that PDP has won the national government
he decided to subsumed that party into the PDP
because he thought that we cannot survive without
the centre.
“So, if we are talking of Ijaw patriot, I consider
myself one as I think today that well meaning Ijaw
people are quite happy with me because they
believe that without me, there would have been no
link with the centre, there would have been no
bridge builder.
“It is not the Ijaw people that lost the election
because Ijaw people did not contest an election, I
didn’t see Ijaw people on the ballot. I saw the PDP
and the PDP Presidential candidate, who was an
Ijaw son, but he lost and we have to carry on in
this state, we have to carry on in this country,”
Sylva said.

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