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Alaibe Steps Down from Contesting as Bayelsa APC Governorship Candidate



Timi Alaibe, former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has withdrawn from the Bayelsa governorship race.

Mr. Alaibe was trying to secure the governsihip ticket under the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the December 5 governorship election.

He said his decision was to prevent the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, from taking undue advantage of the crisis currently rocking the party in the State.

It could be recalled that former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, won the primary election held last week in the State, to represent the APC, as the flag bearer in the coming elections, but had his victory cancelled as a result of the violence that marred the election.

“I am not oblivious of the fundamental fact that we all need a virile, united, cohesive and collaborative APC to bring about our desires to fruition,” read a statement issued by Alaibe.

“Not only do we need this, APC deserves every sacrifice, including personal interests, to arrive at the envisaged destination come February, 2016.

“Whereas I am confident that I have the required support of my admirers and supporters as well as the needed backing of Bayelsans to govern them, the hurdles set on the way of this noble project are seemingly tempestuous and capable of overheating the APC in Bayelsa.”

Alaibe was one of the aspirants who sought the ticket of the party for the December 5 governorship election last week.

A fresh primary election is however, currently underway in Bayelsa.