March 6, 2021

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Day Lyon, APC Guber Candidate, Shut Down Yenagoa

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Yenagoa, the capital city of Bayelsa state stood still on Saturday for Chief David Lyon, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the November 16 governorship election.
It was supposed to be an ordinary event of opening of his campaign office like other governorship candidates had done in the state capital, preparatory to the forthcoming gubernatorial polls.
However, many Bayelsans could not believe what they saw on that day. From Igbogene to the venue of the event at Yenizue-Epie along the Isaac Boro Expressway and beyond, there was a total, spontaneous logjam throughout the day.
Flanked by a former governor, Timipre Sylva who is the state leader of the party and current minister of state for petroleum resources, the APC flagbearer and other top members of the party landed at the Igbogene helipad and was received by a waiting mammoth crowd.
Shouts of “David Lyon! David Lyon!” rent the air as the APC candidate and his entourage drove slowly in a motorcade along Mbiama-Yenagoa Expressway and later diverted to the Isaac Boro road amidst cheers from many residents who trooped out to cash a glimpse of the Olugbobiri born Lyon.
On arrival at his campaign secretariat, Lyon was received by yet another large crowd that waited patiently late into an already dark evening, to see the philanthropist turned politician.
Addressing the crowd, the APC standard bearer said contrary to rumours that his party had no valid governorship candidate, he and Senator Degi Eremienyo remained the authentic candidate and running mate respectively of his party, for the election.
Lyon said he was humbled by the enthusiasm for positive change which he saw on the faces of Bayelsans who left their various daily activities for his sake, promising not to disappoint them if voted into office.
Lyon said “I want to let everyone to know that this election we are going into is not David Lyon’s election, it is Bayelsans’ election. Nobody should deceive you today, tomorrow till November 16.
“I want to make it clear to you people; some people were saying that David Lyon and Senator Degi, we are not flagbearers. We are the authentic flagbearers of APC.
“If you want to know the genuine person, it is not by flashing certificate of return. To me, l am waiting for INEC’s certificate of return.”
The oil and gas contractor who decried the situation of hunger across the state also bemoaned the attitude of some persons who, he said, were against the interest of the people and with weak mindset to rundown the common wealth of the state to enrich their private pockets alone.
Lyon urged the people to take his campaign to all nooks and crannies of the state, promising that after November 16 and his subsequent swearing in on February 14, the hunger that had pervaded the state would be a thing of the past.
“We have to take this campaign to our various units and villages. We want to make change. In Bayelsa, we are suffering, our children are suffering. No schools, no modern market places.
Some people, when they have not seen anything in their lives and are given an opportunity to manage public funds, they take it as their own family business. That is what is happening in Bayelsa state.
The journey has started and we must get positive results for this journey. By the grace of God, l assure you that if by November 16 l win that election, this story of hunger in our state will stop,” he concluded.
Commissioning the secretariat, Sylva who said his party had already won the election, added that Lyon was sent by God to wipe the tears of eight years of hunger from the faces of Bayelsans.
“I want to talk to you as a prophet and l want you to hold me to it later. After these years of the locusts, prosperity is coming your way. So, those of you who have become the wise virgins, count yourselves blessed,” Sylva said.
He called on those still willing to join the party to do so now that the opportunity was still available.

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