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Pressure on Sylva to name Bayelsa dep gov

 By Samuel Oyadongha

Yenagoa —Almost 10 days after the impeachment of the Bayelsa Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon Peremobowei Ebebi, the state governor, Chief Timipre Sylva had been operating without a deputy.

Though sources close to the governor had said a replacement for Ebebi was   waiting in the wings but several days after the latter’s removal from office by the State House of Assembly, the governor seems to be at a loss following alleged intense lobbying and pressure from some prominent Bayelsans.

But the governor who had ignored all selection processes initiated by notable Bayelsa politicians because he wanted a deputy with near total loyalty is beginning to have a rethink and now leaning towards the Presidency as he too is nursing a comeback ambition as governor of Bayelsa State.

Although several names had been thrown up as Ebebi’s possible replacement in the build up to his impeachment but sources told Vanguard that the governor is keeping the choice to his chest.

It was, however, gathered that Governor Timipre Sylva would this week send a name to the State House of Assembly for ratification with a view to putting to rest days of speculations on who becomes his deputy.

Top on the list of names mentioned as possible replacement for Ebebi was Sylbriks Obriki, a Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan who incidentally is from Ekeremor local government area like the ousted deputy.

But informed sources told Vanguard that President Goodluck Jonathan was not inclined to releasing him to serve in the state giving the controversy it would generate in the state of a possible connivance in the plot to boot the former deputy governor out of office.

Obriki’s choice, it was learnt was to placate the president and he his believed to open “doors” at the Presidency.

Apart from being a frontrunner in the President’s activities, he is said to have built a likeable reputation around himself among his people of Bayelsa State.

Also, the name of Bekeakpo Etifa is being mentioned as a possible replacement for Ebebi.
Though a political neophyte, he is believed to have the ears of the governor having worked closely with Sylva during his stint as Special Adviser to the then Petroleum Minister, King Edmund Daukoru.


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