Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State, was to blame over the non-utilisation of the state’s airport runway.
Speaking with journalists on Thursday in Abuja after a meeting with APC stakeholders ahead of the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State, Oshiomhole claimed that the flooded airport runway was as a result of the state government to conduct a proper survey before it embarked on its construction.
He stated that Governor Dickson was to be blamed for the poor construction of the runway and not President Muhammadu Buhari or the Federal Government for denying approval for the facility’s use, as allegedly peddled by the governor.
Oshiomhole said: “You know the fact that Bayelsa airport has been flooded. Is it Buhari that flooded the airport? It is flooded because the runway is below the ground level. They ought to have carried out proper survey. So, the runway is flooded because it was not built properly.
“We challenge Dickson to use his own plane for a test and land on that airport. We challenge Dickson to prove that, when the airport was flooded, the flood was caused by Buhari. We challenge him to show the kind of control tower he has built.”
The APC National Chairman said it was embarrassing for the state government to spend N100 billion on what he described as the world’s most expensive runway and not still not able to utilise it.
He wondered why the state government challenged the Federal Government over the facility’s approval status when Governor Dickson, who approved the construction contract, had not used the runway.
He said: “Was it Buhari that asked him to inflate the contract because there are different versions of the actual cost. I put it to my dear friend and brother, Dickson, that that contract has entered the Guinness Book of Record as the most expensive runway ever built anywhere in the world.
“So, the truth is, he’s in trouble. He cannot tell his people why he would spend close to N100bn for a facility such as that. Yet, he himself cannot land on it.”
Present at the meeting were governors Atiku Bagudu and Mohammed Badaru of Kebbi and Jigawa states, as well as Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, a former Minister of State for Agriculture.