- Diri has defended his plan to request loans for vehicles
- According to him, the money is meant to purchase vehicles for senior government officials, among others
- Going further, the Bayelsa governor said the process is even transparent
The decision to request a loan facility of N2.9 billion for the purchase of vehicles has been defended by Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa state.
According to the governor, the money is meant to purchase vehicles for senior government officials, members of the House of Assembly and judges in the state.
He disclosed this when he met with journalists in Lagos recently. Going further, he insisted that the process of securing the loan is transparent.
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state criticised the decision of Diri to take a bank loan of N2.9 billion for buying of operational vehicles.
The party described the decision by the governor, his deputy, and other top government functionaries to purchase the cars as “scandalous, unsympathetic and ungodly.”
APC disclosed this in a statement by Doifie Ola, the state publicity secretary.
According to the party, Diri was insensitive to the plights of the state civil servants because it came at a time civil servants and pensioners in the state have not been paid.
It added that the plan was a continuation of the frivolities of the PDP government of Governor Dickson.
Going further, APC berated the state House of Assembly for approving the loan request.
Legit.ng had also reported that the APC reacted to the verbal attacks on the minister of state for petroleum, Timipre Sylva and its suspended national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP had in a statement credited to its state secretary, Godspower Keku, claimed that Sylva and Oshiomhole facilitated their electoral victory at the court by foisting Senator Degi Erimienyo as the running mate to David Lyon.
Legit.ng gathered that Keku in the statement condemned Sylva for his criticism of the Supreme Court judgement, which voided the governorship victory of the APC.
PDP also accused Sylva of “foisting extreme violence on Bayelsans and Bayelsa since 2015”, claiming that Sylva was responsible for the pockets of violence in Yenagoa and Abuja following the sacking of the former governor-elect of the state, David Lyon.
Reacting to the PDP's accusations, the APC in a statement signed by its state publicity secretary, Doifie Buokoribo, described the party's position as irresponsible, petty and provocative.
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