Former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva [pictured above], has once again won the rescheduled gubernatorial primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Out of the total number of 1,147 accredited votes, Sylva recorded 981 votes to emerge winner.
The second place person, former state Commissioner for Environment, Godknows Powell, scored 39 votes and former member of the House of Representative, Hon. Warman Ogoriba, scored 28 votes, while 27 votes were voided.
Others are the former state Commissioner for Agriculture, Chief Dikivie Ikhiogha, with 22 votes; Mrs. Tonye Akpereala scored seven, Hon. Preye Aganaba eight votes, Austin Fabo seven votes, Romeo Kebaiye scored 10 votes, Ebitimi Angbare scored three votes and Ambassador Otiotio scored one votes.
The primary election was held amidst heavy security owing to the violence and disorder that greeted the previous election that left many wounded.
Following the nullification of the previous election held in Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa, Timi Alaibe had withdrawn his candidature from the race for Timipre Sylva.
“Having carefully examined the circumstances that have trailed the Governorship primaries of our great party in Bayelsa state, I have come to the conclusion that pushing my Governorship ambition beyond this point carries alongside it some collateral consequences”, Alaibe had said in a statement made available to Elombah.com.
Elombah.com had reported that APC had on Monday ordered fresh Bayelsa gov primary, following which the candidate that won the election, Timipre Sylva vowed to boycott the rescheduled election.
National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said this at the end of the party’s National Working Committee meeting in Abuja on Monday
One of the contestants, Timi alaibe had asked APC to cancel primary claimed to have been won by a former state governor and one of the aspirants, Timipre Sylva, who had insisted that he won the primary conducted about a week ago.
The primary was said to have ended in a fiasco, after some hoodlums invaded the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa, venue of the party election, conducted by the Governor Adams Oshiomhole-led electoral committee.
The conduct of yesterday’s primaries, was led by a Brigadier-General, Monsur Dan-Ali (rtd) and was adjudged peaceful and without any security breach even as four aspirants, Chief Dikivie Ikiogha, Prof. Tarilah Tebepah, Mrs. Tonye Apreala and Chief Austin Ogionwon stormed the venue.
They accused the APC NWC for not informing them about the sudden time and venue of the primary.
They also demanded a copy of the delegates’ list, complaining that their delegates were not accredited as the delegates were reportedly accredited and made to vote immediately due to time crunch.
Former governor Chief Timipre Sylva now faces incumbent Governor Seriake Dickson in the 2015 Bayelsa State gubernatorial election slated for December 5.