Alaibe, Okoko deny sending fake bank alerts to Bayelsa PDP delegates
Threaten to sue party chairman
The campaign organisations of Timi Alaibe and Keniebi Okoko have refuted claims by the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State, Moses Cleopas, that they were sending fake bank alerts to delegates.
Frowning at such allegation from a party chairman who was supposed to be father of all, they threatened to take legal action on the issue.
The PDP chairman had accused both aspirants of sending fake bank alerts to delegates ahead of today’s primaries to choose the party’s flag-bearer for the November 16 gubernatorial poll.
Governorship hopeful, Okoko, stated: “As usual, we would have ignored such rambling as an attempt to tar my person and portray me in bad light in the eyes of my teeming supporters within and outside Bayelsa, who are banking on me to create a new and sustainable future for this state when I become governor.
“But coming from no less a person than the chairman of our great party, the PDP, it behoves me to respond to this grave allegation by one who ordinarily should be an umpire in this political game.
“Let it also be stated very clearly that we do not believe that the chairman is acting with the backing of our dear Governor Seriake Dickson, whose love for the PDP and Bayelsans has never been in doubt. The governor we know will never support this level of impunity.”
He advised the party chairman to thoroughly search his conscience and retrace his steps in the interest of the party.
In the same vein, the administrative secretary of Alaibe Campaign Organisation, Prof. Seiyefa Brisibe, also carpeted the PDP chairman.
He stated, “We have been informed of a damning statement issued today (Monday) by the Bayelsa chairman of PDP, Chief Cleopas Moses, that our principal, Chief Ndutimi Alaibe, and another aspirant, Kenebi Okoko, were sending fake bank alerts to some delegates.
“As a campaign organisation, we find it difficult to believe that this extremely criminal allegation is coming from the chairman of PDP in Bayelsa. We assume that there is a mistake somewhere. How would any reasonable person wake up to utter this kind of evil allegation against responsible fellow human beings?
“Let it be clear to whoever is behind this gutter politics that Timi Alaibe has an impeccable reputation both in private and public service. Accusing him of a criminal activity as though it were a child’s play is unacceptable and is not going to be ignored. He has a name to protect and will not allow anybody to soil that name.”
“The law must take its course. This is a deliberate falsehood that must be challenged.”
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