A Ministerial nominee from Bayelsa state, Timipre Sylva in what appeared to be a veiled attack on former president Goodluck Jonathan, has lauded the state governor,Seriake Dickson for his support during his screening at the Senate.
Sylva, a former governor of the state in a statement issued on Thursday by his media aide, Julius Bokoru expressed his appreciation to the governor for supporting his nomination and for mobilizing Senators from the state to ensure his smooth screening exercise. He said Dickson’s show of sportsmanship was an evident that he is freeing himself from the stranglehold of godfathers which according to him will see the state better off.
“Minister-designate and former governor of Bayelsa state, Chief Timipre Sylva, thanks his excellency Hon Henry Seriake Dickson, governor of Bayelsa state on his show of support over his ministerial nomination and screening
“The message from the Bayelsa Senators Caucus was well received, as was the statement of congratulations by the state government spokesperson. Sportsmanship has never been better exhibited, and chief Sylva, a passionate advocate of a Bayelsa with a United goal for peace and oneness, is appreciative of this.
“It appears the loosening stranglehold of godfathers is producing a new improved Governor Dickson. Sylva believes that Bayelsa State will be better off without the political shenanigans of yesterday’s-men grandstanding as know-all’s.
“With this positivity, inclusiveness and vigour, Bayelsa state would have soared to enviable heights by now. Sylva urges Dickson to remain positive and focused for the remainder of his tenure as the common enemy of the Bayelsa people are the forces whose patronage comes from planned backwardness
“Sylva thanks the good people of Bayelsa state for their unyielding support and wishes a smoother conclusion of the restoration administration.”
Sylva, then governor, who sought re-election was denied the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2011 governorship election in the state by former president Jonathan. Dickson, then a member of the House of Representatives was given the nod to fly the party’s ticket. Sylva was arrested and arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2012 on charges of corruption under the administration of Jonathan. His 48 houses seized by the anti-graft agency was returned in 2017.
Dickson is reported to have fallen out with Jonathan and his wife, Patience over the control of the party in the state and who flies the party’s ticket in November 16 gubernatorial election in the state. He was said to have anointed the chairman of the Bayelsa state Internal Revenue Board,Nimbofa Ayawei as his preferred candidate.