Bayelsa 2023: Diri, Sylva In War Of Words

The Bayelsa State gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Timipre Sylva, has advised Governor Douye Diri to prepare to leave Creek Haven, the Government House.

Sylva criticized Diri, labeling him as ineffective and a significant disappointment. Responding to Diri’s remark that he and the APC lacked popularity in Bayelsa, Sylva suggested that the governor’s defiance was a final act of resistance, aware of his impending defeat.

In a statement released by his Special Adviser for Media and Publicity, Julius Bokoru, the former Petroleum Minister contended that Diri had no achievements to campaign on, having squandered his undeserved four-year tenure, and was anticipating his rejection by the people on November 11.

Sylva said: “Douye Diri is fully aware his chances of winning are nil. While Sylva maintains a wide lead over Diri in experience, competence and sincerity of purpose, Diri, who was imposed on the people steadily drifts into massive defeat because of his glaring incompetence and insensitive governance.

“In his statements in front of the few remaining Nembe LGA PDP people, Diri is seen to pride himself with the Nembe Bridge, but the world knows that that bridge was 75% completed by Sylva. Diri barely touched that bridge.”

Sylva pointed out that the public had anticipated Governor Diri to be actively inaugurating development projects in preparation for the election. However, due to his lack of accomplishments, Diri was instead making vague statements and attempting to garner support through bribes.

Sylva also mentioned Diri’s significant defeat in Nembe Local Government Area, where he received only about 20% of the votes, suggesting that Diri’s preoccupation with Opu-Nembe and Nembe LGA was indicative of another forthcoming loss in the area.

On the other hand, Governor Douye Diri responded by characterizing Sylva as a rejected politician desperately searching for any lifeline, labeling him a drowning man. Through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, the Governor expressed astonishment at how a politician who had been abandoned by his own party’s leaders could expect success in the upcoming election in less than two months.

The governor asked: “Where is the money and the road today? It is the Bayelsa State Government that is building the Nembe-Brass road today. It goes without saying that Sylva hates Bayelsa and that is why he has been rejected by his own people and rejected by Bayelsans.

“He has been rejected by the people because of his antecedents and the things that he did that are against Bayelsa. He is a rejected stone at home. Mind you, he was stoned by Bayelsans when he was governor in 2012. The same man that was rejected before has been rejected again and why is he trying to play God?

“Sylva should go and rest. He has no hope in the forthcoming election. Bayelsans have aligned with Diri who has shown capacity and delivered landmark projects in the state including Sylva’s area.”


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