Bayelsa governorship: Coalition mounts pressure on Sylva
A coalition of forces under the aegis of Niger Delta People’s Movement (NDPM) has urged the people of Bayelsa State to base their choice of the next governor of the state on the core attributes of competence, integrity, courage, initiative and focus.
In a meeting held on Friday in Yenagoa to discuss the
political future of the state and to assess the physical, social and institutional infrastructural provisions in the state, the group vowed to put stop to square pegs in round holes in leadership positions in the state.
The group also extolled the uncommon virtues of Chief Timipre Sylva, describing him as pragmatic and winsome.
“Sylva is suitable for the governorship job. He has devoted his life to humanitarian and philanthropic services. He has provided employment opportunities for the people, especially the youths. He has been one of the most supportive and committed leaders of the APC in the country”.
Spokesperson of the movement, Mrs. Ibifuro Thompson Tatua said Sylva would galvanize the people to self-development, energize the economy and also raise the standard of living of the people through adequate inter-village communication such as good road network, electricity, pipe-borne water, recreational facilities, etc.
The groups also said Sylva would stimulate rural industries and show the necessary leadership by matching words with action through evolving workable development approaches, proper co-ordination and funding.
“Sylva has strategies to banish unemployment and insecurity. His
government will bring about sustainable development and progress” the group said.
Over 1,000 members from Brass, Ekeremor, Kolokuma/Opokuma, Nembe, Ogbia, Sagbama, Southern Ijaw and Yenagoa councils stormed the venue in representative capacity
Meanwhile, notable personalities in Bayelsa State, including leaders of ethnic and youth groups, political parties, former council chairmen and past political appointees on Friday looked at those who have announced, directly or by implication, their intention to contest the Saturday, December 5, 2015.governorship election, and those whose names have been put forward, with or without their public confirmation, as prospective candidates for the state’s number one seat, describing the former governor of the state, Chief Timipre Sylva as ‘the best person for the job”.
“Chief Timipre Sylva stands out of the pack of pretenders, traders and contenders. He is a consummate politician, proven administrator, a bridge builder, dogged fighter, grassroots mobiliser and crowd puller”.” the leaders said.
At a meeting in Yenagoa, the leaders urged the people of the state to embrace politics anchored on qualities like credibility, competence and ability to perform and deliver the dividend of democracy to the people.
“Bayelsa State needs a well-focused manager who has the interest of the state at heart; someone who is administratively skillful; someone who will deliver. Timipre Sylva possesses the ability, courage, sincerity and guiding philosophy to provide the right leadership for the betterment of the people. He is a stickler for hard work and excellence”.
In a statement issued in Yenagoa by the spokesperson of Bayelsa Political Congress (BPC), Comrade Nicholas Benjamin, the leaders said “We are solidly behind Sylva. We shall mobilize our people and give him an overwhelming electoral support.
Bayelsans, they further charged, should ensure that Sylva becomes the next governor of the state.
“If the succession is about lifting the state and the people to the greatest heights, then Bayelsans have the answer in Sylva. He has the requisite appeal and political structure to clinch the governorship ticket of the APC. He has vision, moral fortitude, zeal, leadership, commitment and love for all” the statement said.
They advised the people to rally round Sylva for a better Bayelsa State
“This is another opportunity to redefine and redesign our future in a direction that would strengthen the bond of unity, foster the spirit of oneness, enhance development and promote good governance” he added.
Yoruba leaders defend Oyegun, say he is an honest leader
Some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South West geo-political zone on Tuesday debunked allegations of corruption against former governor of Edo State and national chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, saying Oyegun is running the party based on honesty and fairness.
“He is honest and has strong moral principles” the leaders said after an emergency stakeholders meeting in Lagos.
In a statement issued by the chairman, APC Harmony Group, Alhaji Tajudeen Balogun in Lagos, the leaders said detractors were bent on creating crisis in the party.
“For some people to say that the chairman should resign is to say the least unbelievable and uncalled for”.
Condemning hostile, rude, insensitive, arrogant and arbitrary mode of communication of those asking Oyegun to resign, the leaders advised them to define the objectives and strategies of their political struggle more clearly than degenerating to abuses, lies and wide allegations.
Finding a common voice on the need to move the country forward, they advised those flexing muscles to bury the hatchets in the interest of the party, absorb Oyegun’s culture of thinking and his approach to finding solutions to problems.
The leaders, who also commended the chairman for maintaining a sound administrative infrastructure appealed for an unflinching support and co-operation for him.
“Nigeria needs peace and unity and without them, the nation cannot make meaningful progress. We must therefore encourage President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief Odigie-Oyegun to unite all, win Bayelsa and Kogi states for APC and move the country forward. “
They also urged APC members in other geo-political zones to devote their energies to solving political issues.
“APC needs Oyegun more than he needs the APC. Oyegun wants to make APC stable. He spent an enormous amount of time and effort to make sure that APC won the 2015 elections. He is a master at using resources, including human resources, to accomplish goals. He has the ability to explain the need and how the goal could be accomplished. He is moving with great zeal and vigour to make the difference” they added.
NUJ honours Oyegun, Olejeme, others
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Wednesday praised the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun for moving Nigeria into a new phase, with the election of a government that is very different from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) administration in many respects.
The union also acknowledged his leadership qualities and his immense contributions to the success of the party, particularly his role in the making of President Muhammadu Buhari, his visible hands in the making of APC governors and his invaluable contributions to the elections of lawmakers.
In a letter signed by Deji Gbolahon Elumoye (Chairman) and Abimbola Oyetunde (Secretary), the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Lagos State Council extolled Oyegun’s exemplary leadership qualities, noting his contributions to the growth of democracy Nigeria
The letter reads ‘The Lagos Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) is to mark its 2015 Press Week. As part of the events, an Award Night which will be the grand finale of the Press Week activities is scheduled for Friday, September 25 at the Lagos Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja by 6; 00pm. We are pleased to inform you of your nomination for the 2015 NUJ Recognition Award. Your recognition for the award to be bestowed on you stems out of a careful study of your administrative excellence in handling the affairs of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to attain a greater height as the ruling party in Nigeria’.
Similarly, the contributions of Dr. Ngozi Olejeme to national development have caught the eyes of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.
In a letter signed by Deji Gbolahon Elumoye (Chairman) and Abimbola Oyetunde (Secretary), the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Lagos State Council reeled out the achievements of Olejeme, pointing to the Employees’ Compensation Act (ECA) and her transformation of the moribund agency.
The 2015 NUJ awards will be presented on Friday, September 25 in Lagos
The letter reads ‘The Lagos Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) is to mark its 2015 Press Week. As part of the events, an Award Night which will be the grand finale of the Press Week activities is scheduled for Friday, September 25 at the Lagos Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja by 6; 00pm. We are pleased to inform you of your nomination for the 2015 NUJ Recognition Award. Your recognition for the award to be bestowed on you stems out of a careful study of your administrative excellence in handling the affairs of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF). Your immense contributions are well noted and Nigerians appreciate you”
HENRY OVIE EBIRERI