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Poll: Timipre Sylva Dares PDP, Declares On Saturday in Bayelsa

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In spite of his exclusion in the gubernatorial race by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Poeples Democratic Party (PDP), embattled Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, says he will formally declare for his re-election on Saturday in Yenagoa, reports.
Governor Sylva remained uncleared as the PDP has so far cleared seven governorship aspirants which include, Fred Ekiyegha, Francis Doukpola, Austin Ogionwo-Febo, Seriake Dickson, Bolobo Orufa, Christopher Enai and Michael Kalango for the November 19 primaries. sources have disclosed that over 300 political groups loyal to Governor Sylva in the state have concluded arrangements to participate at his formal declaration at the popular Samson Siasia Sports Complex.

Investigation revealed that Sylva decided to declare his ambition to contest the primaries to show his popularity in the PDP in the state and to also ensure his supporters emerge at next Monday's ward delegate election in the state.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Information, Communication and Strategy, Nathan Egba, has confirmed Sylva's preparation to formally declare his intention to run as governor of the state under the ruling PDP for the second time, despite the Party's refusal to clear him for the election.

'We are aware that a new list was rumoured to have been released by the party and we are preparing for the primaries too. The governor is set to prepare for the ward congress and the state primariesh' he said.

In the same development, pro-Sylva groups in the state led by seven members of the National Assembly and a member of the Inter-Party Advisory Council of the Independent National Electoral Commission (IPAC-INEC), Sunday Frank-Oputu, in separate letters to the PDP, had faulted the leadership of the party over its decision to exclude Governor Sylva in the primaries as they queried the criteria used by the party, alleging that the action of the National Working Committee of the party was at variance with the constitution of the party.