By Levinus Nwabughiogu

ABUJA–National chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun Wednesday expressed optimism that his party would win the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa State.

Chairman of APC  Odigie-Oyegun at APC National Convention in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.
Chairman of APC Odigie-Oyegun at APC National Convention in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

Bayelsa which is the home state of the immediate past Nigeria’s President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is currently under the control of the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

Oyegun spoke in Abuja when a delegation of some People Democratic Party (PDP) leaders from the state led by Senator John Joko, came to consult with the APC leaders.

Members of the delegations were perfecting plans to ditch the PDP for APC.

Oyegun promised to assist them in defecting to ruling party.

He said: “I want to say clearly that the leadership of APC is very happy that people of your caliber have finally seen the truth about what is going on in all the PDP governing state.”

“So nationally we are on the rescue mission. What you have come to tell us today is that Bayelsa state has come to seek for rescue. You are mostly welcome. I think you need to look into all the APC state and see what the true transformation is all about.”

“It is my prayer that by the end of this year, we will be able to add Bayelsa to the member of the progressives states, I will be very glad indeed to welcome you into the family.”

Meanwhile, the former governor if the State, Timipre Sylva who accompanied the PDP members denied having ambition for the governorship seat.

When asked whether he will contest the coming governorship election, he said: “I don’t know yet, that’s the honest answer, I don’t know yet. My role is to make sure APC wins the governorship in Bayelsa, that’s my role. The APC is going to win, that we are very sure about.

On division APC leadership in Bayelsa he said: “There’s no division at all, it’s just some miscreants of course sponsored by the present administration, it’s people who are not even members of the party making some noise. The party is intact, everybody is intact in the party, we don’t even want to discuss them.”

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