THE governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Timipre Sylva, and incumbent Governor Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday, engaged in a war of words over allegations of spying and violence ahead of the November 11 polls.
Sylva claimed in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Julius Bokoru, that Diri had recruited spies to monitor his movements but the second-term-seeking governor denied the allegation, saying the APC governorship flagbearer was crying wolf where none existed.
The former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources said this is according to a credible intelligence available to him.
The statement said, “Credible reports available to H.E Chief Timipre Sylva, governorship candidate of the APC in Bayelsa State suggest that Governor Douye Diri has commissioned spies across the state, especially at the Bayelsa International Cargo Airport, to document and report Chief Sylva’s movements in Bayelsa and environs to some off-grid security architecture in the state.
“This desperate, illegitimate security operation is headed by a close security aide to Governor Diri, and the end game, as is known, is to compromise the convoy and security of Chief Sylva.
“This is to alert the general public and especially the security agencies across the nation to take note of Governor Diri’s strategy of violence against Sylva and the Bayelsa people with a special focus being Opu-Nembe.
“A serving Governor’s chief campaign strategy, naturally, was to reel out achievements and milestones, not investing in an orgy of violence. Diri should be commissioning projects, not commissioning spies.