The former Governor of Bayelsa State Timipre Sylva emerged as the gubernatorial candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC) following the Bayelsa State primary election. The primary election has been characterized by bouts of violence and intimidation by candidates.
The election results were declared at 8pm in the Samson Siasia stadium.
According to Nelson Alabar, a member of the APC Electoral Committee, the former Governor Timipre Sylva received 726 votes while the former member of the House of Representative, Warman Ogoriba, received only 10 votes.
The former NDDC Managing Director, Timi Alaibe, was awarded four votes despite his absence during the election exercises.
The former Governor Timipre Sylva described his victory as proof of the indivisibility of the APC at the State and the national level. He told the crowd, "I have never been so proud in my life. I have belonged to many political parties such as the defunct UNCP and the nearly dead PDP.
But I am very proud of the APC which clearly has internal democracy."
The former member of the Federal House of Representatives Warman Ogoriba, who spoke on behalf of other aspirants, accepted defeat and commended Timipre Sylva, "I am proud of the APC for organizing a credible election with such outcome. It was a fight well fought.”
The Bayelsa State gubernatorial elections are slated to occur in December of this year.