NEDU MARK, Yenagoa
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Bayelsa state and former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Chief Timi Alaibe and six others have procured the expression of interest and nomination forms to contest the 2016 governorship primaries in the state.
Also confirmed to have picked up the forms to contest the Primaries were former member of the Federal House of Representative, Hon. Warman Ogoriba, former PDP Chairman, Col. Sam Inokoba, former Bayelsa Housing Commissioner, Austin Ogiowon.
Others include former Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Chief Godknows Powell and former Chief of Staff to Gov. Seriake Dickson, Chief Dikivie Ikhiogha.
Also listed among those that have procured their forms are Former Chairman of Ekeremor Local Government Council, Hon. Christopher Enai and the immediate Past Senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial district, Senator Clever Ikhisikpo.
The former Governor and dtate chairman of the APC, Chief Timipre Sylva, according to party sources, has also paid for the Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms but has not picked it up from the National Secretariat of the party.
Chief Timi Alaibe’s form, according to party sources, was procured by elders and stakeholders from the state under the aegis of the Bayelsa Change Project.
According to the source, “this afternoon some elders picked up the nomination form for presentation to Chief Ndutimi Alaibe at the APC national secretariat. The group of over 48 was led by Senator John K. Brambaifa. Others include Chief Alex Ekiotenne, Hon (Dr) Stella Dorgu, High Chief O’Lord Michael Bassuo.”
Confirming the development to newsmen in Yenagoa, a member of the delegation of Bayelsa Elders, Hon. Patterson Ogon, said the group of elders were led by Senator John Brambaifa.
According to him, Senator Brambaifa was quoted as thanking the leadership of the APC for organizing a hitch-free process for the selection of candidate and assured that the people of Bayelsa State are poised for change, “the APC family will work collectively to achieve that. Governance has failed in Bayelsa and we need to act now to leave a credible legacy.”