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APC in crisis over running mate

By Esther Ebe-Opuene
There are strong indications of an in-house crisis rocking the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state over the running mate to Chief Timipre Sylva in the December 5 election. Supporters of the party were seen at the party secretariat with placard inscriptions "No Tiwei No Sylva", “Monkey Work Bamboo Go Chop" and many others inscriptions displaying to all who care to read.
It was gathered that, the flag bearer of the Party, Chief Timipre Sylva was to announce his running mate this week for the December poll.
The protesters who thought that Sylva was going to pick the Chairman of the party Chief Timipa Tiwei as his running mate were surprised that he replaces Chief Tiwei with a allege retired school principal William Egeri who is from the same local government with Tiwei.
They alleged that Chief Sylva failed to keep to his promise by appointing a person that has not worked for the progress of the party in state.
 It was on record that Chief Timipre Sylva made a statement not to use those that did not struggle and work for the success of the party. He made this statement after he emerged as the flag bearer of the party in a rescheduled election held at the party secretariat in Yenagoa.
According to him “it will no longer be monkey go work bamboo go chop rather it will be monkey go work monkey go chop".
 Meanwhile the protesters tore all banners in the secretariat with Sylva picture before security operatives dispatched them.
Latest reports reaching has it that an unidentified ex-militant loyal Tiwei is said to travel to Abuja to ask why the sudden change of his mind over his selection of the running mate, but Sylva could not give definite response which led to a fracas between the ex-militant and Sylva.
Yet it took the intervention of people around to calm down their frayed nerves.       

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