…SAYS PARTY MAY LOSE GUBER POLL TO INTERNAL RIFT
The All Progressives Congress Youth Alliance has raised the alarm over the worsening post primaries crisis rocking the Bayelsa State Chapter òf the party.
The Coordinator òf the APCYA, Dr. Joseph Ikileka Temple, said in a statement on Friday that the outcome and manner of the party’s gubernatorial primary has left it better more divided that ever before.
He lamented that the APC which is faced with the big hurdle to confront the People’s Democratic Party in the contest for the governorship òf the state might not actualize it’s desire to wrest control of political powers from the PDP if all the warring factors are not unified and appeased.
He stated for in stance that one of the most prominent aspirants, Mr. Heineken Lokpobiri, rejected the outcome of the primaries describing it as a sham and mockery of democracy.
He lamented that top leaders of the APC in the eight local government areas of Bayelsa led by former Special Adviser, Security to former Governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, Chief Richard Kpodo are supporting Lokpobiri’s position that the election that produced David Lyon was a product of fraud, deceit, and deprivation to the other aspirants of the party.
According to Temple, Lokpobiri is bitter and has vowed to reject the result of the primaries because of his belief that the election which held at Aridolf Hotel, Yenagoa, was an unacceptable charade designed to impose Mr. David Lyon as the gubernatorial candidate on the party without a contest.
He said that another founding member and gubernatorial aspirant òf the party, Engineer Preye Aganaba, has dragged the party and its candidate, Lyon, to the High Court in Yenagoa where he is demanding cancellation of the election.
The youth group expressed deep concern that the leaders of the APC, and even the elders Forum are sharply divided over the emergence e of David Lyon as the party’ candidate.
He said that the APC was faced with the grim reality of repeating what happened in Zamfara State where the party’s candidates were disqualified in the last election.
Temple said that information at the disposal of the group showed that the party was offering the position of Speaker òf the Bayelsa State House òf Assembly to Lokpobiri to pacify him.
The Coordinator òf the youth group lamented that the APC had become too disunited to to carry out a coordinated action against the PDP in the last election