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Sylva/Tompolo Alliance caused APC Guber defeat in Bayelsa, says Ex-militant leaders

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By Bayo Davids
The defeat suffered by the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the recently polls in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva has been attributed to an “unholy alliance between Sylva and ex-militant leader, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo fondly called Tompolo, former militant leaders drawn from the six states of the Niger Delta have said.

This is as the ex-militant leaders anchored the alliance between the the duo on the previous award of over $370 million belonging to Bayelsa (central corridor) to a contractor in Delta state.

In a letter issued on Tuesday, the leaders argued that regardless of the wide acceptance of the winner of the just concluded Bayelsa Governorship poll, Senator Douye Diri by the electorates, “the former militant leaders collaborated to counter the undemocratic plan of Sylva/Tompolo alliance to snatch the election victory in Bayelsa.”

The statement endorsed signed by High Chief Fidelis Nagard also known as Water Phython, said the action of the ex-militant leaders was carried out as a show of force to the Federal Government and the President Bola Tinubu administration that Tompolo is no longer a political factor in the Niger Delta region.

The statement ready,  “We had it on good authority that Tompolo promised the All Progressives Congress National Chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje, that he  ensure Chief Timipre Sylva win in Bayelsa state, but the Ex-Militant leaders agreed on a counter plan to show to the Federal Government that Tompolo is a voodoo priest and not a political guru or a fighter.

“Tompolo is only riding on past glory in which major ex-militant leaders played vital roles. Tompolo betrayed ex-militant leaders and lied to them to secure the pipeline surveillance contract for himself and his ally.”

“Had it been that the Federal Government had deployed its Federal might as planned to forcefully and illegally rig the Bayelsa Guber poll, there would have been total chaos in the region. We had mapped out plans to cause chaos and shut down oil installations across the region which would have crippled the nation’s economy.”

The statement further stressed that  that as ex-militant leaders ” We did not even deploy 10 per cent of our plans and arsenals before check-mating the Sylva/Tompolo tactics.”

The former militant leaders, however, called on the Federal Government to ensure that development and empowerment policies for the region are not channeled through Tompolo and his likes, “but the Tinubu administration must deal with each state separately. Any politician that passes through Tompolo will be disgraced and retired like Sylva.”

They continued, “It is on record that Tompolo and Sylva never worked for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. They worked for the opposition and delivered their communities and states for the opposition during the February 2023 Presidential poll.

“We have also proven to President Tinubu’s administration that ex-militant leaders that worked vigorously for his victory during the 2023 Presidential election, can equally worked against his administration and his party if they continue to channel developmental projects and pipeline surveillance contracts in the region through Tompolo who never worked for the President.”

For the umpteenth time, they called for a  review of the crude oil pipeline surveillance contract and ensured that it is decentralized across the corridors in the region, warning however that “if it is awarded to only one contractor, it is dead on arrival. If they go ahead, it will be sabotaged. The Federal Government should decentralize the contract for the national and economic security interest of the country.”

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