Nathan Tamarapreye, Yenagoa
The Bayelsa State Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Timipre Sylva, has accused the state Governor, Douye Diri, of recruiting spies to monitor his movement.
Sylva in a statement signed on Sunday, 17 September 2023 by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Julius Bokoru, said credible intelligence available to him indicated that the spies operating across the state, especially the Bayelsa International Cargo Airport, were asked to document and report his movements in the state to some off-grid security architecture in Bayelsa.
The former governor said the spy activities were being coordinated by a close security aide to Governor Diri with the aim of compromising his convoy.
He called on security agencies and members of the public to take note of Diri’s strategy of violence against him and the people of Bayelsa with special focus on Opu-Nembe.
He said any serving governor hoping for reelection adopts the strategy of commissioning and inaugurating projects to convince the people but that Diri has resorted to desperation, violence and underhand practices following his failure in office.
The statement said: “Credible reports available to H.E Chief Timipre Sylva, Governorship Candidate of the APC in Bayelsa State suggests that Gov. Douye Diri has commissioned spies across the state, especially at the Bayelsa International Cargo Airport, to document and report Chief Sylva’s movements in Bayelsa and environs to some off-grid security architecture in the State.
“This desperate, illegitimate security operation is headed by a close security aide to Gov. Diri and the end game, as is known, is to compromise the convoy and security of Chief Sylva.
“This is to alert the general public and especially the security agencies across the nation to take note of Gov. Diri’s strategy of violence against Sylva and the Bayelsa people with special focus being Opu-Nembe.
“A serving Governor’s chief campaign strategy, naturally, was to reel out achievements and milestones, not investing in an orgy of violence. Diri should be commissioning projects, not commissioning spies.
“Sylva’s push to Creek Haven is an act of liberation and Bayelsans are massively aligned. The change is soon, the change is inevitable and the soul of Bayelsa State will be salvaged from the jaws of characters whose futile way of masking their inefficiency is violence”.