The former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva on Wednesday emerged the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the fresh governorship primaries held amidst heavy security in the state.
Chief Timipre Sylva, recorded 981 votes out of the total number of 1147 accredited votes. A total number of 27 voided votes were recorded.
A total number of 14 governorship aspirants participated out of the 19 aspirants. The former managing director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Mr. Timi Alaibe had earlier withdrawn from the race.
Also absent from the party secretariat venue of the governorship primaries election was the former federal permanent secretary, Dr. Imuro Kubo.
The governorship primary, which was conducted by a seven-man team led by retired Brigadier General Monsur Dan Ali, was peaceful and without any security hitch recorded.
Most of the delegates were accredited and they voted immediately to save time. Many of the delegates defied the early morning rains to caste their votes.
The result announced by Dan Ali showed that the former commissioner of Environment, Godknows Powell scored 39 votes, the former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Warman Ogoriba scored 28 votes. Others are the former commissioner for Agriculture,Chief Dikivie Ikhiogha 22 votes, Mrs. Tonye Akpereala 7, Hon. Preye Aganaba 8 votes, Austin Fabo, 7 votes, Romeo Kebaiye 10, Ebitimi Angbare, three, Ambassador Otiotio, one.
The former senator from Bayelsa East senatorial district, Senator Clever Ikhisikpo, three votes, a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Christopher Enai, two votes; and the former ambassador to Venezuela, Ambassador Felix Oboro, one.
Chief Timipre Sylva, while accepting the victory, called on the party faithful and the supporters of the various aspirants to come together to deliver the state from the failed administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). “We thank God that our symbol is of the broom and we are ready to sweep out poverty, joblessness and underdevelopment from the state.”