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Sylva To Dickson: Stop Your Campaign Of Falsehood

Timipre Sylva
Posted: Jul 15, 2016 at 5:14 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Igoniko Oduma

Yenagoa – Mr Timipre Sylva, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last Bayelsa State governorship election, has asked Governor Seriake Dickson to stop intimidating the Bayelsa State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja and allow it to do its job.

Sylva in a statement on Friday signed by Mr Dofie Buokoribo, his media adviser, accused Dickson, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, of launching a “structured campaign of falsehood” to harass the tribunal as it gets set to deliver its judgement.

The former governor of Bayelsa was reacting to what he termed “a dangerous campaign in a few online media outlets and the social media” which he said was typical of “Dickson’s frequently used bully-boy tactics”.

“It has involved a series of lies deliberately told to impugn the integrity of the tribunal in obvious fear of an unfavourable ruling,” he said.

Sylva denied the governor’s claims that he was lobbying  Mrs Aisha Buhari, the President’s wife, Mallam Abubakar Malami (SAN), Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Babachir David Lawal, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and other officials of the Federal Government to put pressure on the election panel  to declare him (Sylva) governor through a “black market judgement”.

He described as “immoral and despicable” attempts by Dickson “to second-guess the decision of the tribunal”.

According to Sylva, “Dickson had successfully applied his familiar intimidation strategies in the past, before, during, and after the governorship election in the state last December and this January”, stressing that he (Sylva) does not believe such tactics would succeed with the judiciary.

The APC candidate urged  Dickson to, “for once, control his predilections for falsehood and violent incitement and wait for the judicial process as it unfolds”.

He explained that his expectation of justice from the election tribunal was hinged on his belief that the honourable judges would be guided by the letter and spirit of the law.

“Neither Bola Tinubu, nor Abubakar Malami, Babachir Lawal or Aisha Buhari is a member of the election tribunal. Therefore, it is unfair for Dickson and his group to insinuate that the respected tribunal judges are poodles of any political party or individual.

“It is also unjust for Dickson to be spending the resources of the people of Bayelsa State on a desperate media campaign purposed to call into question the reputation of the country’s judiciary. It is even wicked, ungodly and uncaring that this wastage is happening at a time when workers in the state are being owed several months’ salaries.

“We are aware that huge amounts of money have been disbursed by Dickson to individuals and groups to do a hatchet job on the Bayelsa election tribunal as it prepares to deliver its judgement. We are also aware that certain groups have been procured by Dickson and his men to cause violence if the ruling does not go in his favour.

“This manifestation of politics of anxiety on the part of Dickson is despicable. It is uncalled for, especially, as he is well aware that whatever judgement the election tribunal would give is not final,” Sylva said.

He also said that it was disturbing that one of the reports allegedly dished out by Dickson and his foot soldiers even indicated July 29 as the date for the panel’s verdict.

“Irrefutable evidence linking key media aides of Dickson to these irresponsible reports makes this even more worrisome,” he added.