Timipre Sylva, leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, has warned Governor Seriake Dickson to desist from spreading fake news about the Presidency.
He passed the warning via a statement by Julius Boroku, his media assistant, on Wednesday.
Sylva said the governor is paying journalists of mainstream media as well as other social media content writers to soil the image of key figures in the Presidency.
He named Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, as one of those targeted. He added that Dickson’s alleged agents would then link the stories to him.
“Sylva learns that Dickson’s precise method of doing this is to sponsor, with state resources, journalists in the mainstream media and content providers on the social media to write damning stories against some key figures of the presidency.
“Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to the President, is named as a particular target in this fake news campaign. The mercenaries responsible for this structured campaign of fake news would then leave artificial traces linking the stories to Sylva.
“What is most surprising here is not the fact that Dickson can cook up a plot as treacherous as this, because when it comes to demonic desperation and sheer cynicism, he has lost the element of surprise.
“But it is the fact that despite being at the twilight of his failed governorship, Dickson still deludes himself with the notion that clutching on to attempts to discredit Sylva can either divert public attention from his years of misrule or burnish up his damaged integrity,” the statement read in part.
Sylva reiterated his commitment to helping Buhari return to office for a second term come February 16, 2019.
“At the national level, Sylva unmistakably and unequivocally emphasises that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is one he, along with other patriots, helped install in 2015. He is all too enthusiastic to repeat this gesture come this February.
“Sylva is not in the business of unhelpful, petty rivalries in this same government, as the darkest side of Dickson’s generally dark imagination is dreaming to manufacture.
“It is incomprehensible that a man who refused to pay salaries even after the Buhari government’s consistency in allocations, a man who deliberately subjected Bayelsans to undue, undeserved difficulty through this Yuletide, would spend hundreds of millions of naira on terribly scripted propaganda, petty mudslinging, and building castles in the air,” he said.