“David will not betray those who stand by him, in moment like this, and that is all of you here. David acknowledges that Bayelsans have produced great people, like Melford Okilo, he also have admiration for Jonathan, the former president of this great state, he acknowledges all those who have come from this part, who has experienced leadership.
“So, I assure you that this one will carry the youth along, this David will labour for the Bayelsa women, this David will respect his elders and will provide for the needy, he understands the language of poverty, and the deprivation this state went through, that’s why he sticks out his neck to fight. “We have come to make a difference and that is why we are a party of change. “One of the things we are going to do before the campaign closes is to pay a visit to that airport and invite the governor to give us account of how much he spent. All of us we will go to the control tower and manage air traffic and insist that he must take a plane and fly out of the airport because Bayelsa people didn’t deserve a white elephant project especially in the midst of all the deprivations that we have seen.” He asked the people to vote for Lyon and ensure their votes are counted boasting that by God’s grace, the APC would win at the end of the exercise.
In his remarks, former Bayelsa State Governor and Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, said the APC carefully chose Ogbia to launch its camp because oil was first struck in commercial quantity in the kingdom in 1966 and since then the area had brought good tidings to the country.
“The PDP, which is the leading opposition party, has been in power continuously in Bayelsa State. Today, we have a governor for almost eight years. In the eight years, he has received over N1.6tn. But as we speak all of you know literally Bayelsa State is darkness. “The gas turbine that was started by our father Chief Melford Okilo, continued by Goodluck Jonathan, continued by myself is today dead. Ogbia land that used have electricity back in the 90s, are retrogressing instead of progressing, because of the will of one man.
“The only thing that the PDP had done and Seriake Dickson has continued to talk about as an achievement is a so-called airport which has caused this state an undisclosed amount. I said an undisclosed amount because he himself said N80bn, then we found out that it has caused up to a 100bn, and we attacked him but he said it was N60bn. But even if it is 60bn that will remain the most expensive airport ever built. “What I always tell my friend Governor Dickson, the challenge I always put before him is he himself not landing in the airport. I say let him land there since he himself has an airport so that we too can land there. But we still see him in Port Harcourt airport dragging with us, and he has built an airport here with billions. “There is one road that since he came in, he has been trying to expand, the Isaac Boro road. For eight years, no new road, the road is being expanded for eight years. Even the water pipe that we put here. he dug them out. Yenagoa is one of the state capital if not the only one in Nigeria that still depends on water vendors for water”. Sylva said the APC was bringing development, empowerment, and security to the state through its candidate adding that under Dickson, security deteriorated with kidnapping, robberies, and killings the order of the day. He added: “I want to tell you that in the first 100 days of Lyon, Bayelsa State will have been secured already. I want to assure you that David Lyon will give you jobs.
Governor Seriake Dickson, has been trying to do Elebele road, he himself has said he spent N30bn but has he finished the road? which time has Dickson commissioned one road. “The very interesting thing about Dickson’s governance is that all the projects he is doing, we don’t even know the contractor even the airport project. It is only Ewrujakpor and Senator Douye Diri that know the contractors. They do everything by themselves. They don’t empower anybody. Point anybody in Bayelsa State that has been empowered, by Dickson, except his family members”. The APC governorship candidate, David Lyon said he and his team would serve the people of the state against the culture of leaders being served by the people. He promised to end the darkness in the state, create wealth, end insecurity and manage the resources of the state efficiently.