….Exonerates Acting President on EFFC clamp down on Bayelsa officials
By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
Governor Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa State Friday declared fresh war on those he termed name droppers even as he exonerated the Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan of any complicity in the recent Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) swoop on the officials of the state government.
Chief Sylva who returned to Yenagoa the state capital with the state Accountant General, Mr. Francis Okokuro, Director of Treasury, Mr. Abott Clinton, and his predecessor, Mr. Anthony Ikhoboh who were Friday granted bail by the Federal High Court Abuja, amidst jubilation from supporters who besieged the Igbogene gateway dismissed insinuation making the round that the Acting President was behind the travails of the officials.
An elated Sylva reiterated his unflinching loyalty to the Acting President no matter the divisive intrusion of those who considered themselves close to the latter and urged all Bayelsans to rise against these name droppers.
The governor in company with his wife, Mrs. Alanyingi Sylva, was received at Igbogene, the border town between Bayelsa and Rivers State by the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Gideon Ekeuwei and other members of the state executive council.
Sylva said he was not at war with the EFCC but declared that the EFCC has the statutory responsibility to fight corruption and must follow Due Process in its operation.
According to him, â€œIf people are arrested for alleged offences, the place to prove whether they are guilty or innocence is the Court of law.
Speaking at the brief reception held in his honour an elated Sylva said, â€œthis very touch, , we went to secure some people who were arrested by the EFCC. I will not exactly call it a war; it was a misunderstanding of sort.â€
He dismissed the claim that the Acting President orchestrated the EFCC clamp down on the state officials.
His words, â€œI will like to use this opportunity to correct the erroneous impression and naming that the Acting President was behind all the travails of these people. I have personally spoken with the Acting President many times and I really believe that he himself as the Acting President does not have a hand in what is happening in Bayelsa State.
â€œThere are a lot of name droppers who probably also used my name to do all kind of things. Those name droppers are the people to blame. And what I want all Bayelsans to do from now on is to make sure that we fight these name droppers so that we do not use the names of highly placed Nigerians, great Bayelsa sons like the Acting President and associate these names with crimes and atrocities and of course try to drag them down.
â€œI stand firmly with the Acting no mater the divisive intrusions of all these people who have considered themselves closer to the Acting President than every one of us.â€