By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Bayelsa State, yesterday, dismissed as untrue, the purported endorsement of All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, Timipre Sylva, by the state’s Council of Elders.
In a statement, the Director of Publicity of the Restoration Campaign Organisation, Jonathan Obuebite, said it was deceitful and misleading for Sylva to have claimed that the Council of Elders endorsed him whereas he only had an audience with the council where he was implored to ensure he ran a violence-free campaign and abide by the outcome of the poll.
Sylva was reported to have been endorsed by the elders but Obuebite said the reports were the figment of the imaginations of those behind what he said was a ploy to misinform the public.
He said the elders were seen on television stating their non-partisan leaning and wondered where Sylva got his own endorsement from the said Bayelsa Council of Elders.
He accused Sylva and his campaign team of spreading lies and mischievous publications to give the impression that he was acceptable to the people in the state but said this was contrary to the situation on ground, adding that the former governor has been rejected by the people.
Obuebite also cited a recent poll purportedly conducted in the state in favour of Sylva on the December 5 governorship election, describing it as “dubious and mischievous” efforts to mislead the people of the state and a desperate intention to rig the election.
His words: “We are following the whole misguided orchestrations by the APC, the whole lies and mischief about their extensive conspiracy to rig the election but we can assure them that they will fail, no matter how much they try.
“The truth is that Sylva cannot win the election because the good people of Bayelsa State are not with him. The teeming crowd of genuine supporters we see following Governor Seriake Dickson everywhere in his grassroots campaigns says it all unlike the scanty rented crowd of the APC.
“On the election day, the people will decide who they want as their leader and not by any desperate resort to hoodwinking. We are confident of victory because the good people of Bayelsa State will defend their votes.”