Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank has told the incoming governor of Bayelsa state, David Lyon to be wary of sycophants and corrupt politicians with bad records.
Lyon will be sworn-in as the elected governor on Friday, February 14 as the new governor of Bayelsa state. He defeated the PDP candidate in the November 16, 2019 governorship election.
Frank in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, reminded Lyon that his victory at the last governorship election goes beyond the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party, hence the need for him to run an all-inclusive government.
He also advised the incoming governor to dedicate his success at the poll to God and the people of Bayelsa, adding that the last governorship election which produced him goes beyond APC as a political party, but a vote of no confidence in the outgoing governor and a vote of confidence in the incoming governor.
“Bayelsans voted irrespective of party affiliation for justice, development and a new order in the state. It is my belief that the incoming governor will learn from the outgoing governor, especially how his praise singers turned to boo him at the end of his government.
“It is my belief that the incoming governor will be a governor for all irrespective of tribe, political party, religion or any other sentiments.”
While urging him to beware of sycophants, he said he will be held accountable when the time arises, adding that political jobbers should not have upper hands over technocrats and professionals.
“Political appointments should not be lopsided. Fairness and justice should, however, be your watchwords.”
He further urged to be firm in taking decisions but always pay attention to the feelings, outcry and demands of Bayelsans.
“I wish the incoming governor will hit the ground running. I wish David Lyon will not abandon projects started by his successors, especially those ones with direct bearing on the lives of Bayelsans.
“David Lyon should not dwell in a blame game. Transparency should be given utmost priority. Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state and Governor Zulum in Borno state are examples of dedication and focus in government today. I hope our amiable Lyon will in no time join the forum of performing governors and the confidence reposed in him by our people will not be in vain”.
He, therefore, called on Bayelsans at home and abroad to join hands with the incoming governor to succeed, adding that doing so will be a great interest of the state.
He also asked he aggrieved politicians and leaders at all levels in the state to forget about their personal interests, political affiliations and ethnic sentiments for now and give peace a chance for the new governor to prove himself.