The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, has said that it has uncovered a plot by the state governor, Senator Douye Diri, to frame up the APC candidate in the last governorship election in the state, Chief Timipre Sylva.
The party alleged that the plot included using one of the anti-corruption agencies in the country to harass Sylva so as to compel him to abandon the case challenging the outcome of the November 11 poll.
But the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in response said the plot was nothing but a figment of imagination of the APC it alleged was still “Suffering from post-election trauma” and engaging in another round of misleading and vexatious propaganda designed to hoodwink gullible Bayelsans.
The Publicity Secretary of the APC in Bayelsa, Doifie Buokoribo, who raised the alarm of the alleged plot in a statement on Monday, said governor and his loyalists intended to make Sylva look guilty of crimes he had not committed on purpose to distract and dissuade him from effectively pursuing his petition at the state governorship election tribunal against Diri’s declaration as governor-elect.
He alleged that the governor was mounting pressure on “Officials of the commission to initiate arrest and prosecution against him on trumped up charges, particularly, bordering on his (Sylva) tour of duty as Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.”
But reacting, the Publicity Secretary PDP in the state, Ebiye Agu Ogoli, said “We are at a loss as to the reasons for this latest senile vituperation thrown at our dear governor.
“We maintain that the PDP or Senator Diri was never involved in the running of the office of the former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and if there are issues arising therefrom, it is not the business of the state governor or our party. So, we advise Sylva to face his travails (if any) and leave Governor Diri out of it,” he said.