The Bayelsa State Governor-elect, Chief David Lyon has cleared the air on the functions and assignment of the recently inaugurated transition committee at the All Progressives Congress (APC), Secretariat in Bayelsa State, saying that it was not a probe panel but a transition committee.
In a statement signed by his Media Aide, Chief Gift Ebiki, Lyon said the clarifications became necessary in order to dispel the misconceptions in some quarters about the assignment of the committee.
The governor-elect emphasised that the committee chaired by a former Acting Governor, Chief Werinipre Seibarugu, was expected to ensure a hitch-free and smooth transition.
He said nothing in the term of reference gives the committee the powers to begin probe of the outgoing government as erroneously reported in some quarters.
“We are in transition and our actions and utterances are restricted to smooth transition. The APC transition committee will interface with a similar committee set up by the outgoing government”, he said.
The statement of the Governor-elect while inaugurating the committee reads: “It is a great pleasure to be part of this history. We are gathered here today to inaugurate a group of people with common ideas and ideologies as members of our transition committee.
“These are carefully-selected, vibrant leaders of Bayelsa State who share common faith and aspirations and Leadership is upon us now, and expectations are high, and we cannot afford to disappoint our people.
“You are aware that when I received the certificate of return, I clearly stated that we have entered a contract with the people of Bayelsa state.
“This is our first task to prove to our people right that the choice you made on November 16, 2019 is not wrong. No doubt, there are many challenges facing us as a people, the onus now lies on us to bring to bear the solutions that we have for long kept in our hearts.
“It is often said that the true test of man’s character is when you give him power. It is your own responsibility, not just to find and identify failures of outgoing administration but also proffer possible solutions to tackle economic, security, development, infrastructure and several other areas that often put any administration in the negative.
“This is duty that we must do to regain the confidence of our people. This is a duty that we must discharge with dignity, determination and distinction”.