A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Bodi Arerebo, has asked Governor Seriake Dickson to account for the over N15 billion his administration received during the 2012 floods that ravaged the state.
He told reporters at a press conference in Yenagoa on Wednesday that during and after the devastating flood, public-spirited individuals including international donors, donated billions of naira to resettle victims and rebuild the state.
Arerebo said the money might have been misapplied as Dickson since 2012 had yet to tell the people how the money was expended and nothing on ground to show for it. Arerebo, a kinsman of Dickson, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the money the governor got from well-meaning Nigerians and international donors.
The politician mentioned multi-billionaires, Aliko Dangote, Wale Adenuga and others as those who donated money to the state then.
He said from his investigation so far, he could not see how the Dickson’s administration spent the money, fearing that the money might have been diverted into private pockets.
“Since 1999, the PDP government has not provided good leadership for Bayelsa State. The case of current Governor Seriake Dickson is the worst.
“Dickson has yet to tell Bayelsans how he spent the money for floods victims in the state. The state was ravaged by floods in 2013 and as a result of this, donations came from Nigerians and international donors to ameliorate the sufferings of the victims.
“But from the look of things, the governor ate all the money. We do not even see what he used all the money to do.
He should come and tell Bayelsans how that money was spent. By the next governorship election, APC will win in Bayelsa State. We will win because we have every machinery on ground for us to win,” he stated.