Bayelsa Guber:
Okoko Chides David Lyon, Says He’s A Glorified Security Guard – Bight News

…Demands For Him Basic Four Essay Competition

A chieftain of the People Democratic Party (PDP) Mr. Keniebi Okoko of the aspirant in the just concluded Governorship primary of the PDP in Bayelsa State have chided David Lyon, candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the November 16th Governorship polls.

Okoko who was reacting to a statement credited to David Lyon where he was reviled, said the APC candidate lacked the intellectual capacity to govern Bayelsa State. Demanding that a basic four essay competition be organized for the APC candidate, he said that being a glorified security guard does not mean he is capable of governing a state like Bayelsa.

Okoko insisted that, for David Lyon to proof that he has the capacity to govern Bayelsa State he must participate in the proposed governorship debate coming up soon.

The statement reads:

“Our attention has been drawn to a badly written statement signed by one Gift Ebiki, an aide to David Lyon, the purported candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State.

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While we do not want to join issues where there are really no issues , except with the childish rant contained in the statement, we insist that the APC so-called standard bearer cannot stand the mental and intellectual stature of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in any contest.

We believe that if our dear state, Bayelsa , will make further progress than it has already under the PDP, we must put sentiments aside and choose the better option between Senator Douye Diri and the man APC says it is putting forward. And the choice is clear, even to the blind; Diri is the man.

Like Lyon, I will not condescend low to bringing his family into a strictly dispassionate assessment of his capacity and competence, but one thing is for sure, that like comparing him with Senator Diri in the governorship race, I will also be doing myself a disservice by comparing my family with his. There is no basis for that comparison at all.

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We are not asking for too much. All we ask is that David Lyon should be allowed to have a face-to-face debate with Senator Diri, the PDP candidate or better still be given a chance to write a few pages what their plans and programmes for Bayelsa are. If that is too much a task, we wonder how a man without a plan or who cannot articulate his programmes will systematically execute them.

The fact is that Bayelsa people are now wiser and more sophisticated and they know who the one being pushed like a robot is. Bayelsa does not need or deserve a ‘push and start’ governor like the one APC is pushing in their face.

Bayelsa cannot afford to sacrifice their tomorrow on the altar of sentiments or the story being sold by the APC that David Lyon has ‘helped’ a handful of persons in his community. Let him show us his credentials, let him tell the people of Bayelsa how he plans to transform their lives.

While we concede to him the right to rant, the truth must be told that he lacks the qualities to effectively pilot the state to the next level of growth and development and I urge the people of Bayelsa to reject him in the ballot come November 16.

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In any case, it is only in Nigeria that being a glorified security guard qualifies one as being capable of governing a state like Bayelsa.

I have not seen anywhere in Fortune 500, where being a security guard is a business. Those who call David Lyon a businessman must henceforth address him like that with a lot of suspicion and caution.

David Lyon says my parents still speak for me. Well, I am glad I have parents that can speak for me. If that’s a crime, then I am guilty. Let his parents speak for him in like manner.

Since he has decided to go low, I demand that a basic four essay competition should be organised for him with no aid from any aide and the script given to a headmaster to mark. If he passes, then I will support him to win the governorship election.

Keniebi Okoko

Bight News

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