The Niger Delta Integrity Group is opposed to the election bid of Timipre Sylva for the Bayelsa State governorship post.
The pro-democracy group said allegations of corruption and maladministration tainted the former governor.
“The Ijaw nation has produced good leaders but Timipre Sylva is certainly the lowest level we have sunk,” Nwankwo Chikere, an executive of the Niger Delta Integrity Group, said.
Chikere said Sylva’s administration was characterized by “monumental fraud, excessive borrowing and sharp practices.”
“Little wonder that he left behind a huge dead-weight debt without any project to show for it,” alleged Chiekere.
Sylva served two terms as governor, between 2007 and 2008 as well as 2008 to 2012. In 2007, his election victory was nullified and Werinipre Seibarugo served in the interim.
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Sylva was then a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
He is now among candidates seen as favourites to contest the governorship poll in an All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket.
However, Niger Delta Integrity Group said if APC under President Muhammadu Buhari could allow corrupt people to contest elections, his anti-corruption credentials would be called to question.
“Our submission is clear. APC cannot field a corrupt man like Timipre Marlin Sylva who left behind a debt of N323 billion debt without anything tangible to show for his five years,” said Chikere.
Sylva has in the past been arraigned for corruption charges but the Directorate of Public Prosecutions cleared him earlier this year.
- CAJ News