By Sylvanus Okpe
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has challenged the government of Bayelsa State to account for the N100 billion reportedly spent on the construction of the state’s airport runway.
Mr Oshiomhole who described the project as the most expensive anywhere in the world, made the call on Thursday when APC governorship aspirant in Bayelsa, Heineken Lokpobiri, visited him in Abuja.
It was reported that the visit followed the party’s efforts to reconcile Mr Lokpobiri who has dragged the party to court over the outcome of its primaries.
The party’s chairman, who described the construction of the runway as an endless project, urged the Bayelsa Government to stop accusing the Federal Government of not granting license to the airport to operate.
“You know the fact that Bayelsa airport has been flooded. Is it President Muhammadu Buhari that flooded the airport?” he asked.
“Because the runway is below the ground level, they ought to have carried out proper survey. So, the runway is flooded with water because it was not built properly.
“Now, if President Buhari was to stop it, what stopped Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa by himself?
“We challenge Dickson to use his own plane to test-run and land on that airport.
“We challenge Dickson to prove that when the airport was flooded, that the flood was caused by Buhari,” he said.
Mr Oshiomhole also accused the Peoples Democratic Party led-government of inflating the contract sum because there were different versions of the actual cost.
“That contract, I put it to my dear friend and brother, Dickson, that it has entered Guinness Book as the most expensive runway ever built anywhere in the world.
“Even the one they built from the river, from the sea, it didn’t cost half of that. So, it is an endless project. He shouldn’t throw blames,” he said.