Information available to 247ureports.com indicates that the Bayelsa State gubernatorial imbriglio may entail more twists than readily meets the naked eye. This is as new information reveals that the popular columnist for the online publication [pointblanknews.com] and a lecturer at the Niger Delta University and a recent ‘turn-coat’ critic of the governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva – demanded the sum of N20million from the Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva in return for his [John Idumange] silence.
In a recent conversation with a confident of the Governor of Bayelsa State, Igwe GreatPablo Cj, John Idumange disclosed that he will stop ‘fighting’ the governor if the governor reimburses him of the N20million he spent campaigning for him during the gubernatorial campaign season. He confirmed that he was working with the governor prior to requesting for the N20million. [See proof of conversation below]
In the words of Igwe GreatPablo Cj,
“I know that every sane mind must be disturbed by the level of allegation (which I consider as nothing but false stories) against Gov. Timipre Sylva. I am saying this based on the concrete evidence I have at hand. When I called, John Idumange, one of the major critics of Gov. Sylva, who was once a pro-Sylva up to the middle of this year, to know why he turned against Sylva overnight, he told me certain things that made him to turn against the governor.
1 – He told me that the governor who promised to make him head of the Universal Basic Education, (UBE) failed to keep to his promises.
2 – That the governor refused to pay him for the campaign he has been doing for him.
3 – That he was the most qualified to head the Due-Process and E-Governance Bureau, but the governor refused to grant him the appointment.
4- He also told me that when he started writing against the governor, he thought the governor should have sent for him for settlement, but he (the governor) never did that.
There was another day we had a chat via the facebook, I decided to ask him the way forward between him and Gov. Sylva, he told me that if Gov. Sylva will give him the 20million naira he spent in campaigning for him, he will not say anything negative against Gov. Sylva again”.
Below is a facebook conversation showing John Idumange requesting for the N20million blackmail money.
Interesting enough, John Idumange whose major income is from his lecturing job at the university of Niger Delta may find it difficult providing the source of the N20m he claimed to have used for the campaign in support of Timipre Sylva. Also, he may find uneasy explaining whether the governor of Bayelsa, Timipre Sylva should distribute N20m to every Bayelsa State indigene.