By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa â€” Action Congress in Bayesla State, yesterday, condemned what it described as the use of public funds by the state government to sponsor groups campaigning for the endorsement of Governor Timipre Sylva for a second term.
â€œIt is a great shame and the height of deceit for the government to hire crowds asking for Sylva to run for a second term,â€ it said.
In a statement issued by its acting Chairman, the party condemned the rallies and jamborees ahead of the 2011 election, describing them as waste of public funds, especially at a time the government was facing liquidity problem.
According to the party, â€œsuch a show of affluence, at a time the state is indebted and borrowing is not only sycophantic, but the height of deceit and the pursuit of personal interest and greed at the detriment of the over all interest of the state.â€
Bayelsans, AC said, should be allowed to decide who governs them in 2011 and not the present sycophantic endorsement of the incum-bent governor by rented groups.
The party noted that in the 12-year that the Peoples Democratic Party had been in power in the predominan-tly riverine state, it had failed to provide basic and critical infrastructures required for the well being of the ordinary people of the state.
â€œThe use of public funds to sponsor groups to campaign for Sylvaâ€™s second term is a shameful and deceitful act and a great embarrassment and insult to the sensibilities of the people,â€ the Action Congre-ss noted.
Several groups had, Sunday, called on the incumbent governor, Chief Timipre Sylva to run for a second term urging other would-be candidates in the next governorship elections to shelf their ambition for now.
At a rally organised by a group, Concerned Bayel-sans for Timipre Sylva, where the incumbent gover-nor was endorsed for a second term, the group said there was no vacancy in the Creek Haven for now until the governor has completed his two terms.
The various groups that graced the occasion said they had chosen Sylva for a second term in office to allow for continuity in the political system in the state.
National Co-ordinator of the Concerned Bayelsans, Chief Richard Kpodor, who led supporters to demand that Sylva continued in office said, â€œThere is no vacancy in 2012. If there is any at all, it is Chief Timipre Sylva, replacing Timipre Sylva.
We have gone round the eight local government areas and we are concerned that Sylva has done so much to better the life of the people of Bayelsa.â€
Presenting a staff of office to Sylva at the Yenagoa Stadium, he said studies by the group had shown that the Sylva revolution was the only way to change Bayelsa State.
â€œWe plead that you will accept our humble request for you to run for a second term in office to complete all that you have in mind for the people of the state,â€ Kpodoh said.