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APC, Bayelsa government trade words over cargo airport


Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa.

Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the state airport project reportedly scheduled for inauguration as a pit of fraud.

This was contained in a statement yesterday in Yenagoa by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Doifie Buokoribo.

According to the party, the project was a fraudulent scheme by Governor Seriake Dickson to siphon state funds.

But, in swift reaction, the state government said that it would only take a band of unconscionable political desperadoes to criticise the well-conceptualised and effectively executed Bayelsa International Airport.

The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Iworiso Markson, said that the APC was now desperate to cling unto lies and imagined stories as a lifeline after losing most of its members to the PDP.

He said the APC and its remnants of political bandits should be ashamed of their record of failure in Bayelsa, and should atone for their sins by towing the path of compatriots who left the party for the PDP.

The commissioner explained that the APC, under the leadership of former governor Timipre Sylva, is a rejected party of sick, confused and confusing minds on a mission to attempt creativity with mischief.

APC in the statement had advised Dickson to be prepared to stand trial for fraud committed in the airport projects, and other crimes against the people.

The statement had claimed that the over N80 billion airport project was built at vastly inflated costs, making it “clearly the most expensive airport project in Nigeria, as none of the 26 owned by the Federal Government, or the eight by states are near that figure.”

Besides, APC added that the airport was economically unviable, as it lacks vital intermodal network for easy accessibility.

It described the project, which has taken a heavy toll on the welfare of civil servants and the infrastructural needs of the state, as “symptomatic of a vision that is not only deficient but also diseased.”

The statement added: “We know it as a matter of fact that state governments that built airports in the past are unable to sustain them and wants the Federal Government to take them over.

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