The Bayelsa State chapter chairman of APC, Chief Timipa Orunimighe has alleged that the APC gubernatorial candidate in the just concluded governorship elections in Bayelsa state, Mr. Timipre Sylva collected money from the Minister of State for Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri, to nominate the latter for a ministerial slot.
Reacting to the allegation, the APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Timi Frank has challenged the party to rise to the occasion and get to the root of the matter.
According to him, the allegations are too weighty for the leaders of the party to remain quiet, and such posturing will impact negatively on the image of the administration at the centre.
He said: “Today I am a very happy man because when I came out before the governorship election in Bayelsa to say that Timipre Sylva cannot do the job for the second time in Bayelsa because he was not liked by the people and was very unpopular at that time, nobody took me seriously, including the leadership of the party in Bayelsa State at that time. But today, I am happy and I am thanking God that he has shown Nigerians what I knew then.
“It is a total disgrace if our party cannot act or investigate this allegation and just allow it to go under the carpet without taking action on it. Nigerians and the opposition party are waiting to see what we are going to do.”