FORMER Governor of Bayelsa State and leader of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Timipre Sylva, has urged the youths of the state to stand with him as he seeks a return as the governor of the state come February 2020.
Sylva, who ruled Bayelsa State from 2007 to 2012, stated this on Sunday during his 55th birthday celebration in Yenagoa, the state capital.
His declaration was coming two days after his former Campaign Director and immediate past Minister for State, Agriculture and Rural development, Heineken Lokpobiri’s governorship aspiration was endorsed by Audu Ogbeh.
He said, “I always tell you, young people, that the future belongs to you. If I become governor again, I will be governor for four years, after that they would still call me former governor. I’m already a former governor, so there’s nothing new, for me to achieve. And by the time I finish as governor, I will almost be 60, so retirement is near.
“I will not be staying and be struggling with you people, when my time to retire comes, I’ll just quietly leave for the younger people, but you people must make sure that you are also responsible enough, to take over leadership.
“I want our young people to be very decisive, to be very forthright and know exactly where they are going.
“Bayelsa State today is in dire need. This is not how a state capital should be. Everywhere is dirty, everywhere is flooded, everywhere there is darkness.
“Yes, our outgoing governor has built an airport at the cost of about N100 billion. He himself told us it cost us N80 billion, during his monthly transparency briefing, when I took him on, he quickly reversed the figures and said it cost sixty-something billion.
“But my challenge to the governor is that he should be landing in Yenagoa instead of Port Harcourt when he is travelling after all the airport was commissioned last year.” He said. – Punch
– July 8, 2019 @ 18:45 GMT |