The former governor of Bayelsa State, Gov. Seriake Dickson, has reacted to a report authored by his former Commissioner of Lands, Surv. Furoebi Akene, in a leaked viral audio.
Recall that Surv. Akene had written an article published in the dailies and titled, ‘The rising debt burden in the street’, where the former commissioner accused Dickson of irresponsibility for the high external debt burden in the state.
In the leaked telephone conversation, the former governor expressed his disappointment at Akene, especially when he was part of the same administration as a commissioner. Dickson wondered how he could still write such a review about his stewardship after his visit to his home.
“You mean you were not aware of the developments we brought even in the government that you served,” the obviously disappointed Dickson asked.
In his defence, the former commissioner claimed he was sidelined during Dickson’s administration despite his loyalty to him.
“I told you severally that as a serving commissioner, I sold land to pay my children’s school fees,” he retorted.
However, in his reaction, an All Progressive Congress chieftain, Hon. Sunday Frank-Oputu, has described the allegation of the former commissioner as selfishly motivated and filled with inaccuracy.
“It’s quite unfortunate Akene has continued to display this character. The people of Bayelsa know him; he believes he’s smarter and more intelligent than others when he was made commissioner in the early days of Dickson’s government. He questioned the integrity of the former land commissioner during the administration of Dickson and for the records, I must advise our people not to take the claims of the former Commissioner serious,” he said.
Listen to the full hot exchanges between the former governor and his commissioner and let us know what you feel about the two in the comments section below.