The immediate former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, has officially flagged off his campaigns ahead of the November 11 governorship election in the state despite a court order stopping him from participating in the election.
Sylvia, who promised to bring a new tide of human capital development, infrastructure, gas development, jobs creation and agriculture to the state, started his campaign at Agbere, before moving on to Ebedebiri Community and Sagbama Local Government Council Headquarters in Sagbama Council Area, said he chose to kick start his state-wide campaigns in Agbere Community because of the special affinity he shares with the area.
However, the former Bayelsa governor promised to complete the abandoned shore protection project in the community, while bringing more development to the area to ensure that they enjoy the dividends of democracy in the area.
Sylva was flanked by his wife Mrs Alayingi, his running mate Joshua Maciver and wife, the state party chairman, Dr Dennis Otiotio, and other chieftains of the party in Bayelsa State.
The former governor, who referred to his ouster from office during the campaign, said he was taken away to be incubated and is back, more mature, experienced, bigger and better able to face the tasks of turning around the fortunes of the state for better.
He gave assurance that his administration would concentrate on human capital development, infrastructure, job creation, power, agriculture and security.
“I consider myself an Agbere son and that is why I decided to begin my campaigns in the whole state of Agbere. A lot of things I have done for Agbere, the shore protection that has been abandoned will be completed.
“We don’t want you to be spectators to development, we want to bring development to you.
“My incoming government is about human capacity development. When I look around I see virile young men and women, people who need work, empowerment and development and government is about the people and is for the people and with you in mind.
“We have done it before, we are experienced, and we know what to do, I was here before as governor, I was taken away and incubated and matured and now I am back, bigger and better.
“November 11 is not far, you must make up your mind to vote for the APC, Agbere and Constituency 3 must be completely APC because a new tide of infrastructural development is coming into Bayelsa State, we will connect this road to Omoku, there will be industries, gas development, and jobs. We will develop agriculture, we have the sea and agricultural lands and we will give you security.
“If you vote for the APC, you are voting for the good times, empowerment and a better future for yourselves and you are voting out this bad government of Douye Diri and the PDP,” he said.
Meanwhile, some defectors from the PDP and other parties including a former PDP Ward chairman were all received into the party, during the rally.