Ahead of the December 5 governorship poll in Bayelsa State, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has pledged to work for the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva.
Oshiomhole made the pledge in Abuja Monday night while presiding over a meeting of the APC campaign council for Bayelsa State at the Sokoto Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro.
The governor’s statement was in reaction to speculations that he opted out as chairman of the campaign council, following his publicized face-off with Sylva during the party’s primary.
The Ijaw Elders’ Forum (IEF), a group supporting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and Bayelsa Governor Seriake Dickson, recently hailed Oshiomhole for allegedly rejecting to lead Sylva’s campaign team.
But the Edo governor debunked the speculation, saying he never turned down the offer, insisting that the Bayelsa poll was crucial to the APC.
He addressed reporters after presiding over a brief session of the APC campaign council where he praised the party for assembling a team of committed party men and women to ensure Sylva’s victory.
According to Oshiomhole: “I would have been here for the inauguration as well as the first meeting of the campaign council but for communication challenges. I did not get the information on time.
“But the truth is that every party man has a duty to project the APC, the governorship candidate and our manifestoes to the people of Bayelsa State as we go in for the election.
“This election is crucial to us, and all legitimate means allowed within the ambit of the law will be explored to ensure that we win. It is significant to us as a party.
“I have just presided over the meeting of the campaign council and the need to reconcile all stakeholders ahead of the election was re-iterated because we need everybody’s cooperation to get to the Bayelsa Government House.
“We have resolved that all stakeholders should work together, in spite of whatever may have happened during the primary in the state. We are committed to this to make a change in Bayelsa”.