The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the December 5 election, Chief Timipre Sylva, yesterday told his kinsmen in Nembe Local Government that Governor Seriake Dickson lied about the road leading to their community.
Sylva, his running mate, Wilberforce Igiri and the APC campaign train, led by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, were in Nembe to seek votes.
Crystal News gathered that the APC standard-bearer was compelled to talk about the road to Nembe when he saw placard-carrying youths among the crowd, who accused Dickson of lying to them about the road.
Some of the placards and posters read: “We will deliver 100 per cent votes to Sylva/Igiri”, “We are tired of PDP’s deception”, “Dickson lied about Nembe road” and “Dickson abandoned unity bridge”.
The people trooped out to receive Sylva and other APC chieftains.
The party’s campaign materials littered Nembe, the town where Dickson’s deputy hails from. Men, women, youths and monarchs waved brooms and danced to pro-Sylva songs.
The APC candidate slammed Dickson for using Nembe road to campaign.
He alleged that the governor’s lies compelled the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to mount signposts at strategic areas of the road to tell the people that it owned the project.
Sylva promised to complete the Nembe unity bridge connecting Ogbolomabiri and Bassambiri, which was abandoned by the Dickson administration.
He said: “I’m always at home in Nembe. My father, Mingi X11, the Amayanabo of Nembe Kingdom, King Edmund Daukoru, is behind me. God’s time has come for me to return and occupy the Government House.
“Nembe is too strategic to be neglected and now is the time for the town to be at the centre of governance, considering its economic contributions to the state and the nation.
“Stay away from PDP and its deception. The PDP is wayo wayo government. They lied that they completed Nembe road, but the falsehood has been exposed, as SPDC has placed signposts on the Nembe road to tell the world that it is its project.
“It is pathetic that the people are experiencing hunger and poverty because of the draconian policies of the Dickson government. But things will change when the APC takes over the reins of office.”
Lokpobiri, the director-general of the Sylva/Igiri Campaign Organisation (SICO), said the defections in the PDP showed that Dickson and his party were unpopular.
He said Dickson would cease to be governor from December 5, the day, he asserted, PDP would be defeated at the polls.
The minister thanked the people for backing Sylva and enjoined them to vote APC.
The party Chairman, Chief Tiwei Orunimighe, said: “You cannot be in the river and wash your face with saliva. Bayelsans have joined the change party to come out of poverty and hunger in order to enjoy growth, development and prosperity the APC is bringing to the state.”
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