By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA – Strong indications emerged last night that pressures were beginning to mount on former governor of Bayelsa and other aspirants for governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Bayelsa State to step down for Timi Alaibe.
Alaibe is the former Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and aspirant of the ticket.
The indicators of development became visible after a meeting between the aspirants numbering 19 and leadership of the APC yesterday.
The meeting which behind closed door had in attendance the national chairman of APC, Chief John Oyegun, Deputy national chairman (South) Olusegun Oni, national organising Secretary Senator Osita Izunaso among other national executives of the party.
It was gathered that Silva’s case with the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC was acting as an albatross on his neck and as such may not be “marketable”.
A source stated that the party was more “comfortable” with the candidature of Alaibe who they said had an edge over the serving governor, Mr. Serieke Dickson with his grassroots presence.
“Apart from the fact that they feel he can not win the state, the leaders also think the former governor is yet to settle with the anti graft agencies over alleged misapropriation of fund when he was the governor of Bayelsa state.”the source said.