I’ll Overcome My EFCC Persecution, Sylva Says

efcc-sylvaFormer Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva on Friday expressed optimism that he will overcome the persecution against him.

He is presently facing a fresh 50-count corruption charge brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Speaking with State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, the ex-governor said that what he is going through is a passing phase that would come to pass.

He wondered why his case is being celebrated even though he is not against prosecution if anything tangible was found against him.

Sylva argued that there had been many persons who were invited quietly by the EFCC without their case being publicized like his own.

According to him, each time he had a case in court, his photographs would take over the front pages of newspapers the following day.

On whether he knows where the persecution was coming from, he answered in the negative.

But he said: “If somebody is dancing, someone is beating the drum somewhere”.

He stressed that he was not the only former governor in the country.

“It is really uncalled for the way certain people are trying to celebrate my case above every other case as if mine is the singular case. There have been cases there for a long time”, Sylva added

On the crisis presently rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party’s leader in Bayelsa was optimistic the governing party will come out of it stronger.

Those who were thinking that the crisis would lead to the disintegration of the party, he said, were wrong as the party remains resilient and would emerge more united than before.

According to him, the party will also recapture Bayelsa State government house come 2016 governorship election.


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