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Ex-militant leader denies feud with Sylva

08 October 2015, 12:17

Abuja - A senior member of the defunct militia group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Africa Ukparisia, known along the creeks and waterways of Bayelsa as General Africa, has said reports about a quarrel between him and governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State,. Timipre Sylva are fabricated, reports Sahara Reporters.

There were reports in the media that the ex-militant slapped Sylva, who is also a former governor of the state, over his choice of a running mate for the December 5 contest.

Also read: Anxiety in Bayelsa APC as Sylva picks running mate

The reports alleged that the ex-militant slapped Sylva over his alleged decision to choose a retired school principal, Wilberforce Ekeri, ahead of the State party chairman, Tiwei Orunimigha.

The former militant described the reports as a fabricated lie.

He accused the rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the election, Governor Seriake Dickson of sponsoring the fictitious and malicious story.

He said the story was a futile attempt by PDP to score cheap points ahead of the poll.

Read more at Sahara Reporters.

- News 24


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