Yenagoa—Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has said that he has great faith in his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, describing him as a worthy partner in the governance of the state.
This is coming after a group known as the Bayelsa Progressive Vanguard (BPV) alleged that the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrujakpor is against the interest of his principal, Diri.
The group accused Ewhrujakpor of playing anti-party politics where he hobnobs and meets candidates of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the state, the alleged new-found party of ex-governor Seriake Dickson.
But in a statement on Monday by the Director of New Media, Kola Oredipe, the governor described the report as a “wicked and a mere concoction of mischief makers.”
He insisted that the authors behind the publication are up to something sinister, adding that no amount of such concocted misinformation was capable of destabilizing the prosperity government.
Diri maintained that he has a good cordial working relationship with his deputy who he said at various times satisfactorily handled several critical assignments on behalf of the government.
He, however, urged the people of Bayelsa state to disregard what he called the false narrative in the publication.
The statement reads in part: “That publication was an imagination of the writer. I have a good working relationship with the Deputy Governor and our leader, the former Governor, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson.
“Our relationship has continued to blossom. It is those who do not wish us well that are sponsoring wicked and misleading publications in the media.
“Our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State, is not in any way under threat. PDP remains firm in the state and ready for the election.
“The question of anyone working against the party does not exist. We have done everything together from our party primaries to date. What they are doing is to cause division and we will not give them room.”
Governor Diri equally urged the media, especially the online platforms, to check the veracity of the information being dished out to the public and be wary of defamatory publications that might lead to legal issues against such platforms.