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Bayelsa ANPP pulls out of Sylva’s unity govt

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—The All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in Bayelsa State has pulled out of Sylva’s administration.
As it is, the party may have turned its back on its former governorship candidate, Elder Bethel Amabebe, who is currently serving in the PDP-led government as the state Commissioner for Sports, as he is yet to resign his appointment.

Alleging Governor Sylva of breach of agreement, the leadership of the party at an enlarged stakeholders meeting, said their decision had nothing to do with political appointment, describing such insinuation as nothing but a cheap blackmail.

In a statement issued at the end of the meeting, the party, through its state Chairman, Chief Livinus Opuakpa, Secretary, Mr. B. Enimah, and National Financial Secretary, Ayebide Fatiede, said “by this disengagement, it means we are no more in government with the PDP government in the state; we are out of it, we are not enemies, we however still belong to the political family in the state.

“We are not saying the only commissioner in the government should also disengage immediately. Our disengagement does not mean we are ready to fight government. No. We will only act as stabilizers.

“Governor Timipre Sylva had pleaded assiduously that we should work together, our believe in participating in governance was for the betterment of the state, but to our utter dismay, to be fenced out of governance”.

“Even as I am talking-to you, we have not one day sat in round table to speak with the governor. All overtures in this regard were turned down by the governor, all efforts met brick wall. You are in government but won’t know what is happening.

“We have been able to contain it because of the followership of the ANPP. Now, we have come to the cross roads and we have to bow to our followers’ pressure.”

Meanwhile, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the state has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) to probe the claim that  Governor Timipre Sylva funded the party’s congresses in the state with public fund.

Also, it asked the government to retrace its step over alleged proposed N100 billion bond which the former through the chief press secretary to the governor, Mr. Ola Doifie, denied last week, describing the claim as the handiwork of mischief makers.

The party in a communiqué made available to Vanguard Wednesday, described the proposed bond as a means of impoverishing the state, adding that any further loan will portray the PDP-led administration in the state as reckless and not people oriented in decision making.

The factional chairman of the party, Chief Fred Agbedi, in a communiqué, called for the intervention of the EFCC, especially the claim of the former aide to the governor, Dr. George Fente, on the funding of the party.

On why Chief Fente should be invited by the EFCC, the communique stated, ‘we are shocked that the state government gave public funds to Chief Fred Agbedi, State Chairman of the Party, for running congresses.


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