By Binebai Princewill
The state minister for petroleum, His Excellency, Chief Timipre Sylva, former Governor of Bayelsa State and leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC has vowed that the mandate of the party in the state governorship election will be restored for the APC.
He also enjoined the party faithfuls and Bayelsans to keep calm not to take laws into their hands, stressing that the APC leadership has directed its legal team to look into available legal options.
Chief Timipre made this known to newsmen via a statement he posted on his Facebook timeline yesterday.
The statement reads in full below:
I want to use this moment to call on all the people of our dear State, Bayelsa, to kindly shun all acts of violence and lawlessness.
Also of great importance to me is to extend my profound apology to our President, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, over the avoidable disruption to his busy schedule which was caused by the events of the moment.
I am aware that Mr. President and his lovely wife, Her Excellency Aisha Buhari had concluded arrangements to travel to Bayelsa to witness the inauguration of the APC Governorship candidate as Governor of Bayelsa State. I therefore extend my apology to Mr. President and members of his entourage.
To the good people of Bayelsa State, I would like to emphasize the need for restraint at all times. No doubt the events of the last few days are as provocative as they are regrettable. But however tempting it might be for anyone to take the law into their hands, such temptation must be resisted in the greater interest of our state and the political stability of the country at large.
The leadership of our great party the All Progressives Congress (APC) has directed its team of legal experts to study the situation critically and proffer legal options available to the party, accordingly. We should therefore all remain faithful to & have confidence in, the wisdom and ability of the party leadership to provide direction at this very sensitive time.
Once again I call on all people of Bayelsa State irrespective of whatever differences there may be, to eschew violence and respect the security measures put in place by appropriate authorities. Let me conclude by assuring Mr. President and our party hierarchy that despite this temporary setback, APC in Bayelsa State remains strong and its members resolute in our support for the ideals of a greater and prosperous Nigeria as envisioned by our President, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari.
The mandate will be restored and that dream of a better, greater Bayelsa State will be actualized
Thank you and God bless Bayelsa State and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
H.E Chief Timipre Sylva
Former Governor of Bayelsa State & Minister of State for Petroleum Resources
16 February 2020