The former governor Bayelsa State, Chief Timpre Sylva, who was recently sacked by Supreme Court ruling has called President Goodluck Jonathan a liar and described his stoning incident in Uganda in May 2011 as a global rejection of his Presidency.
Sylva said this on Saturday, in reaction to President Goodluck Jonathan’s comment at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign rally in Yenagoa in which he (Jonathan) cited the stoning of the former governor and the Five Star Tower Hotel project as monument of disgrace.
President Jonathan at the rally in Yenogoa, Bayelsa State in support of Mr. Seriake Dickson as the candidate of the PDP for the Feb 11 governorship election in the state, said the candidate should avoid being stoned like former Governor Sylva.
But in a swift response, Sylva through his Chief Press Secetary (CPS), Diofie Ola said: “Now, if stoning is a yardstick for non-performance, are we also right to say that the burning down of Mr. President’s house in 2007, in the run-up to that year’s general elections, was also an act of rejection by the people of the state? A lot of people believed that the burning of his house and the action of militants in 2007 were an expression of rejection. Is Mr. President now confirming that wide belief?
Sylva in the statement said though surprised at the claims of the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan during the Friday flag-off ceremony, two issues raised showed that the President was the master mind of deceit and fraud against the Ijaw nation with his sponsorship of the act of stoning in the state.
The statement states: “The stoning in Yenagoa happened during the president’s visit and it was widely believed to have been arranged by a few misguided elements, which with the backing of Mr. President, had used the presidential security to subvert the security of the state on purpose to embarrass Governor Sylva. Sponsors of the incident had tried to deny their involvement and present the event as indicative of the governor’s non-performance .The world now knows better, of course. Everyone is now perfectly well aware of the mastermind of that insult on the Ijaw nation”.
“But let us state that it was not the governor who was disgraced by the stoning. Instead, it was the president himself. Now, if stoning is a yardstick for non-performance, are we also right to say that the burning down of Mr. President’s house in 2007, in the run-up to that year’s general elections, was also an act of rejection by the people of the state?
A lot of people believed that the burning of his house and the action of militants in 2007 were an expression of rejection. Is Mr. President now confirming that wide belief? In addition, can we also say that the stoning of President Jonathan in May last year in Uganda was a global act of rejection?”
“Besides, it was after the stoning incident in Yenagoa in late 2010 that Mr. President came back to Yenagoa, raised the hand of Sylva, and spoke glowingly about his achievements, saying he has performed excellently well and that the people of Bayelsa should vote him into office. It was after the stoning that he came back and voted in the January 2011 PDP governorship primaries and gave a glowing report of Sylva’s performance. So what suddenly changed from January 2011 to later that year when President Jonathan manipulated all the institutions of state, including the armed and security forces, the judiciary and critical organs of democracy like the political parties, in full cry, leaving the security and economic challenges which he faced, to embark on Operation Remove Sylva as the sole mandate which the people of Nigeria gave to him?”
“Didn’t Jonathan know there was a stoning incident when he came to say Governor Sylva should be voted in January? President Jonathan also in his speech described the Tower Hotel, Yenagoa, as “a monument of disgrace,” insinuating that the edifice is still at the stage he left it as governor. This is a barefaced lie and a misrepresentation of open facts.”
“The hotel was at the second floor when he took over from Dr. Jonathan as governor.
It is now at its 18th floor, as the whole world can see. Sylva agrees that the job has been delayed, but explains that the reason it has been delayed is because the contractor, whom Dr. Jonathan himself chose and awarded the contract to, asked for a variation of N5 billion.”
He challenged President Jonathan to “tell the world how much he paid this contractor and how much Sylva has paid the contractor.