Timipre Sylva, a former governor of Bayelsa state, has condemned the report of a committee set up by the state governor, Siriake Dickson, under the leadership of Ndutimi Alaibe, which indicted his regime of “allegations of grand financial crimes”.
Mr. Sylva slipped into hiding immediately he was ousted. His whereabouts remain unknown.
In a veiled reference to President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Sylva in a statement by his media aide, Doifie Ola’ described the new administration as “puppet”.
“In their continued battle with the ghost of Sylva, those who have installed a puppet administration in Bayelsa State have once again demonstrated their loss of touch with the essence of government and their choice of shadow boxing as state policy,” he said.
Mr. Sylva accused the government of Mr. Dickson as being afraid of him and his popularity in the state.
“This is yet another manifestation of the constant distress in the camp of those who recently usurped power in Bayelsa State as they live in perpetual fear of Sylva, and guilt of the harsh judgement of democratic humanity,” he said.
The former governor dismissed the allegations against him as unfounded, and a failed attempt to divert attention from the “calamitous political parodies committed in Bayelsa State by his accusers”.
Mr. Sylva also said the composition of the Alaibe committee should not be a surprise to any Nigerian as it was set up to achieve a pre-determined end.
The former governor also said that any normal investigation of government expenditure would try to demonstrate how the financial laws were flouted.
The Alaibe committee, according to him, did not attempt to do this, instead, he said, it simply compiled the incomes that accrued to Bayelsa State within a carefully selected period targeted to smear him, and assumed that there were no needs met in the period.
“The Alaibe report did not demonstrate any flouting of the state’s financial laws and regulations. If anyone had proof of such contravention, they knew where to go. And where to go is not an illegal committee unknown to the laws of Bayelsa State and Nigeria,” said the statement.
The former governor said the report is already tainted as it was politically motivated.
“The report by the Alaibe committee is at best biased, petty, and heavily tainted”.
“Besides, the allegations thrown up by the power usurpers in Bayelsa State are too weighty to be handled by people with vested political interests in the state and whose track record and history smell of corruption,” the statement also said