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Why the PDP, President Jonathan Want Gov Silva Stopped From Contesting Primaries

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Threat to national security, treasonable felony are some of the dark clouds hanging over the head of Bayelsa Governor, Timipre Sylva, as he struggles to impress the king makers in the People's Democratic Party's (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC)

Despite the entreaties of PDP governors and a follow-up meeting by the South-south governors to prevail on President Goodluck Jonathan to allow the embattled governor contest the party's governorship primary slated for November 19, the party's door appears permanently shut against Governor Sylva. sources hinted that Silva who is alleged to have threatened President Jonathan, and some party chieftains, has a herculean task convincing Jonathan and party elders that he is a loyal party man. He was also alleged to have tagged Jonathan 's administration inept.

It was learnt that aside from going after Silva for alleged treason, the status quo are plotting to hound him for alleged graft with the assistance of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), whose detectives are already in Yenegoa snooping at the books.


A source however said “ this seems to be unfair because looks like he is being stopped for personal reasons. Why would the Olujimi committee stop him because of a petition written by some people who could be prejudiced. Why not let him go and test his popularity”

But those opposed to Silva maintained that barring him could send a wrong message. A source told “ Silva has not performed, the ordinary people don't want him back, if he gets the ticket, which is impossible, PDP would lose. Let him contest in the primaries, he would lose”

His name was again missing on the list of aspirants cleared for the primary by the PDP NWC. National Publicity Secretary of the party, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali in a statement made available to journalists Wednesday released names of three additional aspirants cleared for the November 19 exercise.

The names were, Doukpala Francis Amaebi, Ekiyegha Fred Korobido and Austin Febo. The new names increased to seven the aspirants cleared for the governorship primary. Those cleared last week were Henry Seriake-Dickson, Oruta Justine Boloubo, Enai Christopher Fullpower and Kalango Michael Youppele.

The 13-member appeal screening panel headed by former Ekiti State deputy governor, Biodun Olujimi had acted on a petition it acknowledged it received from Oracle Law Firm against Governor Timipre Sylva, alleging “acts of threats to national security, treasonable felonies and anti-party activities, leveled against Chief Timipre Sylva.” The panel had therefore advised the party elders to decide on the fate of Governor Sylva.

Also in its statement yesterday, the PDP NWC reacted to insinuations that it collected money from certain aspirants ahead of the Bayelsa governorship primary and warned that it would take actions against those behind the rumour.