By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoaâ€”Governor Timipre Sylva has dismissed reports of a rift between him and Vice President Goodluck Jonathan.
He denied ever having a frosty relationship with the vice president, who is also an indigene of the state.
Sylva said those claiming there was a rift between them were merely working from the figments of their own imaginations.
A newspaper had on Sunday published â€œAn open letter to Mr. President,â€ authored by a certain â€œConcerned Bayelsans for Good Governance,â€ which contained insinuations suggesting a standoff between Sylva and Jonathan.
This and other similar publications have tried to create the impression of a quarrel between the duo.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Doifie Ola, said â€œthe government of Bayelsa State, under the able leadership of Chief Sylva, wishes to state that it is not responsible for this or any other previous petitions against the office and person of Dr. Jonathan, a distinguished Bayelsan who has had the privilege of serving as the state governor.
â€œGovernor Sylva has stated at every given opportunity that Bayelsa State is proud of the vice president, and that he enjoys an excellent relationship with Dr. Jonathan.
â€œThe position of vice president is important, and Bayelsa State is happy that a Bayelsan is occupying that position at present.
â€œWhatever differences, personal or political, that any individual or group of individuals, may have against the Vice President, Dr. Jonathan, in Bayelsa State, it is important that the institution of the vice presidency is protected.
â€œLast Sundayâ€™s publication, like others before it, is clearly the work of fifth columnists working relentlessly to bring discord in the cordial relationship between the vice president and the Government of Bayelsa State under Chief Sylva.â€