Immediate past minister of petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva and a former governorship candidate of the APC in Bayelsa State, Chief David Lyon are getting ready for what may turn out to be the fiercest party primaries for the governorship ticket of the ruling party, ahead of the November 11 election.
It will be Sylva’s second attempt at becoming governor after he was removed from office. In 2015, he fought hard and secured the ticket of the party for the election but was defeated by Senator Seriake Dickson of the PDP.
Four years later, he chose to bring up Lyon and did all he could to secure victory for him. Although Lyon was declared winner, the victory was to be upturned by the Supreme Court a day before his inauguration.
Now, four years after, Sylva and Lyon will be facing each other in the contest for the party’s ticket. The primary election holds on April 15, in Yenagoa, the state capital.
It is not yet clear how the party members will vote. But Sylva appears more favoured to grab the ticket, being that he has got the party structure in his back pocket.
It is not yet clear what mode of primary-direct or indirect-that the party would be adopting. The state party chairman, Dennis Otiotio had promised to talk on the issue during the weekend but did not revert as promised.