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Why Yar’Adua shelved Bayelsa visit, by Adeniyi

By Daniel Idonor
THE reason for the cancellation of President Umaru Yar’Adua’s planned visit to Bayelsa State was made known yesterday.

According to presidential spokesman, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi, the visit was put off at the instance of Governor Timipre Sylva.

The President was billed for a two-day working visit to the oil-rich state.

Before the clarification yesterday, it had been speculated that the visit was cancelled because Vice- President Goodluck Jonathan was on official trip abroad, and it was thought improper for the President to visit his home state in his absence.

The other speculated reason was an alleged threat by militant groups in the state to disrupt the visit.

The two speculated reasons, according to Adeniyi, were far from the truth.

Adeniyi who spoke in Abuja yesterday said the last minute postponement of the visit was at the instance of Gov. Sylva who wanted the visit delayed so the President could see the progress of the implementation of the amnesty deal.

He said, “I wish to clarify that the postponement of the two-day state visit to Bayelsa State by President Yar’Adua was at the instance of Gov. Timipre Sylva who following the amnesty proclamation advised that the president should visit during the amnesty period so he could make on-the-spot assessment of the implementation of the entire programme.”

He also noted that the postponement is temporary and hence a new date would be set for the visit.


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