The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State has berated Governor Seriake Henry Dickson for linking the former governor of the state and Chieftain of the party Chief Timipre Sylva and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the political doldrums of his administration, describing the statement issued, on Thursday, by the governor as irresponsible, baseless and laughable.
In a statement made available to the Daily Times, on Thursday, by Doifie Buokoribo, Media Adviser to Sylva, said Dickson should stop accusing the APC and Sylva of plans to cause mayhem.
He said that the APC would have ignored the statement since it did not provide any proof to support the alleged involvement of Sylva in the so-called plot.
However, “we are compelled to respond since the matter involves security of life and property. We have read the irresponsible, baseless and laughable statement issued by the embattled Bayelsa State Government of Henry Seriake Dickson, accusing the APC and Chief Timipre Sylva of plans to cause mayhem in the state using youths.
“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.
“Dickson and his syndicate have envisaged crisis from the social inertia they have forced on the state with their lack of imagination and mindless looting of the people’s resources, and they are now on a desperate hunt for someone to blame; but as usual, the people of Bayelsa are wiser and they can see through Dickson’s shenanigans,” the statement read.
According to the statement, if the people were now fed up and want to take political action to defend their humanity, Dickson should simply hold himself responsible; adding that “let Dickson be man enough to take responsibility for his actions and inactions, and leave Sylva out of his woes.”