Lyon appoints Jonathan loyalists into APC transition committee

Lyon appoints Jonathan loyalists into APC transition committee

- Rumours that Dr Goodluck Jonathan have interests in the incoming Bayelsa state government seems to have been validated

- The former Nigerian leader's loyalists are listed in the transition committee of the incoming administration

- The 59-man committee is headed by a former deputy- governor of the state, Rt Hon Werinipre Seibarugu

Bayelsa governor-elect, Chief David Lyon has appointed loyalists of former President Goodluck Jonathan into the All Progressive Congress (APC) transition committee to prepare the take-off of the new government in February 2020.

The 59-man committee is headed by a former deputy- governor of the state, Rt Hon Werinipre Seibarugu.

Governor Seriake Dickson had earlier set up his administration transition committee headed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Kemela Okara and which has all serving commissioners as members.

Daily Sun reports that the 59-member transition committee has a former Head of Service in the state, Chief Obegha Julius Oworibo as secretary.

The committee also has as members a mixture of former governorship aspirants, loyalists of former Jonathan, elders of the party, party executives and federal lawmakers.

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Some of the prominent names on the list include three former governorship aspirants namely Prince Ebitimi Amgbare, Prof Ongoebi Maureen Etebu and CP Dieseye Poweigha(rtd).

Known loyalists of Jonathan who made the list include, Rt Hon Claudius Enegesi, Engr Mike Ogiasa and Chief Moses Otazi.

Also on the list are the alternate director-general of the David Lyon campaign organization, Prof Seiyefa Brisibe and the junior brother to incumbent Bayelsa state deputy- governor, Hon Gabriel John Jonah.

Meanwhile, the presidency has described as “false and irresponsible’’ media reports that former President Goodluck Jonathan was blackmailed to support the APC in the just concluded Bayelsa state governorship elections.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, November 25, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, expressed shock that such a story could be considered believable.

“Our media really must learn to verify whatever they publish. And people who make wild allegations during interviews should be made to produce the facts backing their claims by editors.

“A newspaper can be sued for granting space to people who belch false allegations against individuals with no proof,’’ Shehu said.

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