By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa— Governor Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa State, weekend, urged politicians in the state not to drag President Goodluck Jonathan into who becomes the governor of the state come 2012.
Sylva spoke when he returned to Yenagoa, the state capital, after submitting his expression of intent (to contest the 2012 guber polls) form at Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, headquarters, Abuja. He said it was most unfortunate that in recent times some politicians have been dragging the name of President Jonathan into the local politics of Bayelsa.
According to him, these desperate politicians have been going around saying that they were the adopted candidates of Mr. President.
Sylva urged Bayelsans to ignore such stories as there was no truth in them, stressing that the name of the President should be respected and not dragged into the local politics of the state.
The governor said the current administration had laid a solid founda-tion for the development of the state, adding that he was poised to consoli-date on his achievements.
He told his supporters that he had consulted widely with stakeholders in the state and Abuja and there was no cause for alarm.
Sylva said: “I went to Abuja where I continued with my consultations and I wish to announce to all Bayelsans that I have the blessing of President Jonathan. There is no cause for alarm as we are firmly in control.”
Chairman of the state branch of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, Chief Tiwei Orunimighe, said as the rallying point of the people at the grassroots, ALGON had decided that Sylva was their candidate for the governorship elec-tion in the state in 2012.