2019 polls: Sylva, Dickson renew rivalry
By Kenechukwu Obiajuru, Yenagoa
Ex-governor of Bayelsa state, Chief Timipre Sylva and incumbent Governor Seriake Dickson have renewed their rivalry, taking their political differences to the public domain ahead the general elections.
Sylva had ruled Bayelsa under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) between 2007 and 2012 before joining the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014 and running as his new party’s gubernatorial candidate in the 2015 election.
He had alleged that Dickson was bent of misrepresenting and pitching him against the presidency through a campaign of calumny based on falsehood, an allegation the Dickson camp promptly denied.
Sylva, in a statement issued Friday in Yenagoa by his media assistant, Julius Bokoru, dismissed Dickson’s denial as ‘feeble’. “We have read the feeble denial by Gov Henry Seriake Dickson, about his plot to create an artificial war between the presidency and the former Bayelsa governor and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Timipre Sylva.
“Dickson is shocked because the good people of Bayelsa alerted Sylva. Our statement was clear and direct: Dickson seeks to create a wedge between Sylva and the presidency through a fake news campaign.
“We have now foiled that desperate plan. We thank the good people of Bayelsa for standing with Sylva and the APC, for standing for truth and integrity. We applaud and commend them for standing against those who think governance is about propaganda and psychological warfare. The issue here is not about Sylva but a campaign of fake news to undermine the Presidency.
“The purpose for Dickson, of course, is to bolster the faltering fortunes of his party the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state and in the country,” the statement read in part.