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Sylva, Dickson Bicker Over Protest Alert In Bayelsa

Posted: Jun 23, 2016 at 8:13 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Igoniko Oduma

Yenagoa – The Bayelsa State Government and Chief Timipre Sylva ,the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last  gubernatorial election in the state on Thursday engaged in a war of words over the alert by the government that it had uncovered plans by Sylva and his party to cause revolt in  the state.

The government which gave the hint through the office of Governor Seriake Dickson’s Special Adviser on Security Matters, Mr. Boma Spero-Jack, said, “Sylva  and the APC have perfected plans to instigate youths to embark on a violent street protest on Friday, 24th of June, 2016 in Yenagoa.”

Although the government  did not disclose the suspected reasons for the protest, it stated that “part of the plan is for the youths to violently disrupt business activities and cause a breakdown of peace and order.”

It warned youths in the state  not to allow themselves to be used as “they would be held responsible for any deaths, injuries or acts of lawlessness that, the planned protest would result to”.

The government called on the people, especially parents and guardians to be vigilant to ensure that their  children and wards were not used to breach the existing peace in the state ,adding  that  the government  would not hesitate to apply the full weight of the law on any group of persons who would take to the streets under any guise.

The statement said that the various security agencies had been put on alert to deal decisively with any acts of violence, no matter who was involved.

But Sylva who responded in a statement through his media adviser, Doifie Buokoribo, titled “Dickson, Leave Sylva Out Of Your Woes”, described the government’s statement as “irresponsible, baseless and laughable”.

Sylva said that he would have ignored Dickson’s statement since it did not provide any proof to support his alleged involvement in the plot but was compelled to respond since the matter involved  security of lives and property.

“First, Sylva has nothing whatsoever to do with any protest in Bayelsa State on Friday or any other time.

“Second, and more importantly, it is Mr. Dickson and his unsympathetic, anti-people and sick administration that should take the blame for instigating any revolt in the state for its deliberate refusal to pay its workers.

“It is Dickson, and not Sylva, that is responsible for the mass hunger in Bayelsa State. University lecturers, who are currently on strike, are being owed several months’ salaries. And pensioners and workers are also being owed.

“The children and their parents are forced to stay at home and, as the saying goes, “The idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”

The APC chieftain contended that the governor whom he described as “embattled” and his political camp  “are now on a desperate hunt for someone to blame” as the retrogression of the state resulting “from their lack of imagination and mindless looting of the people’s resources”, could trigger crisis in the state.

“But, as usual, the people of Bayelsa are wiser and they can see through Dickson’s shenanigans.

“If the people are now fed up and want to take political action to defend their humanity, Dickson should simply hold himself responsible.

“Let Dickson be man enough to take responsibility for his actions and inactions, and leave Sylva out of his woes”, the statement added