June 19, 2009

Don’t use my performance to judge Sylva, Alamieyeseigha tells Bayelsans

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, yesterday described as petty and belated the use of his administration’s achievements by politicians in the state to oppose the development strides of Governor Timipre Sylva, saying he should be left out of the friction within the state.

Alamieyeseigha said though his achievements in the state was a nice reference point for development in the state and the Niger Delta, the incessant use of the achievements to score political points against the present administration was unnecessary and cheap.

Chief Alamieyeseigha, who spoke through a statement issued yesterday in Yenagoa by his Personal Assistant, Mr. Opukiri Jones Ere, said the incessant reference to past administration of the former governor in comparison with the administration of Chief Timipre Sylva by politicians in the state to score cheap political point should be stopped.

He said:  “It has become a frequent reference point by politicians in the state to use the name and achievements of Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha’s administration as tool to settle political difference.”

According to him “all of the reference to the great achievement of who is still being loved by his people does not go down well with him as he wants to be left out of the petty politics in the state.

“This has not gone down well with our Chief Alamieyeseigha. However, I will want to thank all indigenes of the state for the belated acknowledgement of Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha’s giant strides as governor.”

He called on those planning to continue in the act using the former governor to score political point to desist from it, and  rather source for other means in settling their political matters.

“Let us join hands to move our beloved state forward and also support their son Vice President  Goodluck Jonathan to succeed in office instead of making reference to issues that had long been forgotten”.

“I have become an elder statesman whose wealth of knowledge in governance can be tapped to benefit the state. And I have already settled down to private life and would not want to be distracted”, he admonished.