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Bayelsa PAYE: Sylva Thrives on Falsehood, Propaganda -Dickson’s Campaign Group


BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Restoration Campaign Organisation of Governor Seriake Dickson on Thursday said  that the governorship candidate of the All progressives Congress, (APC), Chief Timipre Sylva could not differentiate between the Federal and the State government formulated policies especially on the issue of taxes and taxation.

The RCO which specifically accused Sylva of spreading falsehood and propaganda to score political point said the APC governorship candidate wants to get power by whatever means, including peddling cheap lies and propaganda.

Sylva had in a statement accused governor Dickson of formulating a draconian policy with the introduction of multiple taxes.

Reacting to this development, the Director of Publicity, RCO, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite, said if Sylva could demonstrate his ignorance at this level, then he is not fit to lead the people.

Sylva, according to him, is only being mischievous as he ought to know as a former governor that the issue of PAYE is a Federal government tax policy and it is not applicable to Bayelsa state alone.

The statement reads, “ Dickson did not introduce new taxes to Bayelsans. All he did was to get the people to pay PAYE which is a Federal tax law paid by all workers in Nigeria. How does this translate to operating a draconian policy?

“Bayelsans are wiser now, they cannot be deceived by the antics of somebody that was in power for five years and has nothing to show for it except violence.

“Lies and propaganda have become the trade mark of Sylva and his small group of supporters but unfortunately propaganda and lies don’t win election.

“Sylva should embark on issues based campaign not propaganda. He should emulate Governor Dickson by going round all the communities in the state and talking to the people, showcasing his achievements while in office.

“The former governor needs to be tutored on what constitute draconian policies. Is free and compulsory education draconian? Or is he saying the numerous scholarships to deserving young men and women draconian? What really is draconian? That workers are not owed salaries when workers in other states are being owed up to 5 months? Is it draconian to pay up Sylva’s N423 billion debts?  APC candidate knows that he has lost the support of the people in the state and it’s therefore not surprising that he resorting to cheap blackmail”.


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