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Dickson’s Declaration For Second Tenure Gulped N1.5b –Group

Posted: Sep 9, 2015 at 4:14 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa


The Bayelsa Surveillance Group (BSG), a body of stakeholders, has accused the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, of using public funds to organise his Tuesday’s declaration for second tenure in office in the December 5, 2015 state governorship election.

The BSG made the allegation in a statement signed by the Chairman, Kemekiye Oliver, and the Secretary, Peter Izontari James, and made available to newsmen in Yenagoa on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

It alleged in the statement that “Dickson spent a whopping N1.5 billion of Bayelsa State funds for his declaration for a second term as governor”.

The group posited that the Dickson administration could have used the colossal sum of money to complete some of the abandoned projects it had undertaken in the past three and half years.

“We have it on good authority that the said amount was used to enable Dickson’s foot soldiers rent crowed from all nook and cranny of the state to attend the declaration.

“The aim was to create a facade of popular support by the grassroots for Dickson.

“Some of the abandoned projects are fast constituting an eyesore and dent on the Bayelsa skyline.

“Furthermore, this wrongful and unproductive deployment of scarce resources by Dickson clearly negates his avowed commitment to bring badly-needed infrastructural development to Bayelsa.

“Spending that huge sum of money for a failed governor’s declaration for second tenure is quite appalling and needs to be probed by anti-graft agencies”, it stated.

The BSG also disapproved of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s public endorsement of Dickson’s second-term bid rather than playing the role of elder statesman in the election process.

It maintained that Jonathan’s public endorsement of the governor amounted to imposing him on Bayelsans, stressing that the former President was repeating what he did in the run-up to the 2012 governorship election.

When contacted, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Esueme Dan-Kikile, dismissed the allegation as “false in its entirety and a figment of the imagination of the group and their sponsors”.