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PDP summons Sylva, Ebebi over rift

By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—WORRIED by the political quagmire in Bayelsa State ahead of the 2011 general elections, the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday summoned both the governor of the state, Mr. Timpre Sylva and his deputy, Mr.  Peremobowei Ebebi to Abuja with a view to nipping in the bud, the lingering feud.
The two political gladiators in Bayelsa State who arrived Abuja separately to appear before the National Working Committee (NWC) were immediately ushered into the office of the National Chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor for a closed door meeting.

Speaking with newsmen at the end of the meeting, Governor Sylva said, “I have always maintained that the problem in Bayelsa State is over-amplified by the press and some people in Bayelsa State and of course today, we have proved it and the problem has been resolved. We all are going back to put our house in order and everybody has agreed to work as a team.”

Flanked by his Deputy Governor, the governor who noted that he had stopped making public statements on the matter, said, “I have always said there was no problem and today, we have proved that there is no problem and we have all agreed to work together. There was never chaos in Bayelsa State. There was always peace.

There was only a small misunderstanding in Bayelsa State which has been resolved.
“The small misunderstanding of course was a political situation in human life, there are all kinds of misunderstanding but noted that the problem had nothing to do with the next governorship election in the state.

Also in his remarks, the Deputy who agreed with the governor, stressed that their differences have been resolved.

It would be recalled that both men had been fighting a battle of supremacy which was thought to have assumed a violent dimension that reared its head at the just concluded  Bayelsa House of Assembly by-election where loyalists of both men were bent on imposing one of their own as the candidate.


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