Yenagoa—A concerned Bayelsan, Comrade Ebinepre Tarilayefa has berated some individuals who he described as miscreants for trying to tarnish the good image of Chief David Lyon by pasting banners with libelous inscriptions in some parts of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
Mangrovepen.ng gathered that on Friday, banners bearing the image of Lyon, the CEO of Darlon Oil and Gas Limited were sighted in some parts of Yenagoa.
The banners which were erected by unknown persons claim Lyon is owing contractors working for his company for 29 months and has refused to pay.
Inscriptions on the banner also accused Lyon of using men of the Nigerian military to witchhunt contractors for demanding their pay.
But in a statement on Friday, Tarilayefa while condemning some social media influencers for sharing photos of the said banners, averred that he is not surprised to see the campaign of calumny against Lyon, knowing that people are good at repaying good with evil.
The statement reads in part:
“This is a man who had used his surveillance contract to sustain families and made men out of boys and you will never hear about him owing or exploiting his employees.
“If the masterminds of this evil campaign are real contractors to Lyon’s security company, Darlon, then they ought not to hide in banners.
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“Real contractors who are owed either by the government, private organizations or individuals know exactly relevant quarters with which they can channel their grievances, and not publicize blatant lies against a man who has done so much for his people.
“How much is Lyon owing them? Where are the documents showing he or his company is indebted to them? Where is the place they worked that he has not paid them for? Where have they lodged their complaints?”
He asserted that the libelous posters could be the handiwork of rival contractors, political enemies or ungrateful beneficiaries of the former governor-elect who continues to enjoy the goodwill of the masses due to his humility, selflessness and commitment to good governance.