Bayelsa APC berates Ebebi over allegation of funds misuse by Sylva



The All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend dismissed as “unfortunate” and “childish” the claim by former deputy governor of Bayelsa State, Peremobowei Ebebi, that former governor and candidate of the party, Chief Timipre Sylva, indulged in wasteful spending of over N50 billion in two weeks during his six years in office.

Ebebi was Sylva’s deputy for five years before he was impeached in a controversial manner and replaced with Chief Werinipre Seibarugu.

On Saturday, during the mega rally and handing over of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag to Governor Seriake Dickson, Ebebi was said to have advised residents of Bayelsa not to vote Sylva due to alleged financial recklessness and wasteful spending of N50 billion while in office as governor.

The Director of Media and Publicity of the Sylva/Igiri Campaign Organization, Chief Nathan Egba, in a statement issued in Yenagoa, described Ebebi’s allegation as childish and unfortunate. “It is unfortunate that Ebebi chooses such platform to make this childish allegation after many years of leaving office. It only shows his shallow grasp of the processes of government. He spent all his time as a deputy governor under Sylva in pursuit of peculiarly gains and never paid attention to what was happening in government.

“It is not surprising that after failing to achieve his target in office as a deputy governor, Ebebi has resorted to peddling lies and mischief for self-gains with a drowning administration in the state.”

Egba described the speeches delivered by the former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and other speakers at the rally as an exhibition of panic over coming defeat during the December 5 election.

“Virtually all the speakers at the rally were exhibiting signs of panic at the realization of impending defeat. They kept making an unfounded allegation against Sylva and the APC in a bid to whip up voters’ sentiments against the party.”

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it is adequately prepared for the governorship election this Saturday. According to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Baritor Kpagih, INEC has procured card readers and three back-ups for each of the 1,804 polling units in the state.

Kpagih stated on Saturday during a town hall meeting with the theme “Promoting Credible Non-Violent Election in Bayelsa State” which was broadcast live by 95.5 Royal FM, a private radio station in Yenagoa, the state capital.

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