Lagos - Leaders from the Niger Delta have paid tribute to former Bayelsa State governor, Timipre Sylva, who the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission wants tried for corruption.
He has been described as “a leader with credibility, character and calm.”
The leaders hailed his loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari, which they hailed as “unshakeable.”
The leaders said the ex-governor performed excellently in most sectors, particularly by devoting his energies and state resources to solving the problems of infrastructure development.
They mentioned the training of the youths in Information and Communication Technology in India, sustaining overseas scholarship, protecting oil installations in the creeks, ensuring life changing developmental projects, attracting foreign investments, laying solid foundation for growth and investing in skill development and creating job centres in the state.
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“Mr Sylva has a humble disposition, simplicity and humane disposition towards the people; virtues that endeared him to the masses, saying his commitment to principle in the practice of politics, the rule of law and the best democratic tradition of fairness were some of the attributes that brought him into collusion with his enemies. He can do a good job.”
The leaders said Sylva created a very favourable and conducive environment for common growth in Bayelsa State.
“He pioneered the state’s industrial growth and dictated the pace of development in sports, human and physical development in the south- south geo-political zone. He worked so hard to make life meaningful to the good people of Bayelsa State. He gained respect around the country and among his peers,” the leaders stated.
Sylva was governor between 2008 and 2012.
Last Friday, EFCC filed fresh charges of corruption against Sylva at a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Sylva is facing the charges alongside three others – Francis Okokuro, Gbenga Balogun, and Samuel Ogbuku – for allegedly using three companies, Marlin Maritime Limited, Eat Catering Services Limited, and Haloween-Blue Construction and Logistics Limited to move about N19,2 billion from Bayelsa State coffers between 2009 and 2012, under false of using the withdrawn money to augment salaries of the state government workers.
- CAJ News