A former governor of Bayelsa state, Chief Timipre Sylva has said that the incumbent governor, Seriake Dickson lied against him by claiming that he (Sylva) took loans and left a debt burden to the tune of N120 billion , while he was governor of the state.
Sylva in a statement through his personal media assistance, Mr. Julius Bokoru stated that rather than maligning Sylva, Dickson should be grateful to the former governor for handing over a very healthy state to him.
Dickson in a statement signed by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson had alleged that he inherited a debt profile of N120 billion from his predecessor which his government has serviced to almost an end.
Denying the allegation, Bokoru said it was a calculated plan by the Dickson administration to bring his boss's integrity to ridicule and present him in bad light before the people.
"Chief Timipre Sylva never left any loan of N120 billion as they said before leaving office. It's not enough to mention such an extravagant figure; l thought they should have given the source and details of the loan, not just giving abstract figures. They could have as well said that the former governor has taken ten trillion naira.
"The Commissioner just made that statement in abstraction. Perhaps he wanted to impress his paymaster, the governor", he said, adding that it was Dickson who was grappling to service a loan of about N130 billion which his administration incurred.
Speaking further, he said "we are aware of the N50 billion they took for the airport project. The ironic thing in that loan is that it was supposed to be serviced with interest fee of N32 billion, making everything N72 billion, where does that happen? You can see the obvious sleaze in it".
He recalled that the Dickson's government also took a loan of 66 million Euros from Poland in 2013 to build a maritime academy and allegedly embezzled the money without building the school.
Bokoru urged Dickson to focus on how to clear the scam on his government and stop casting assertions on someone who had left office close to eight years ago.
He disagreed with the statement credited to the Dickson's government that Bayelsa is now the list indebted state in the south-south, arguing that Bayelsa was among the seven most indebted states in Nigeria according to a report from the Debt Management Office.
Fielding questions from newsmen on whether Sylva also indebted the state, he said "Sylva never indebted the state; in fact, Sylva handed over a very economically viable state to Dickson but unfortunately, they messed everything up".
He averred that Dickson was the most fortunate governor to have ruled the state, stressing that he enjoyed an era of oil boom as well as Paris Club refunds but failed to utilize his fortunes .
The media assistant to Sylva called on Dickson to spend more time in explaining to the people the milestones he had made for the past seven and a half years rather than being obsessed about Sylva.