A former Security Adviser to the Bayelsa State Government, Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, has dismissed as ‘unacceptable’ the alleged consultation meeting by some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with the former President Olusegun Obasanjo over who emerges as the flagbearer of the party ahead of the governorship election in the state.
Some politicians in the state were angry over claims that the duo of Gov. Seriake Dickson and former President Goodluck Jonathan met with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to resolve the issue of PDP flag bearer in the state.
But speaking with newsmen in Yenagoa on Saturday, Chief Kpodoh said though the issue of consultations is an internal matter of the party and allowed under a Democratic process, the meeting and endorsement of a particular candidate for Governorship of the state from the Otta farm in Ogun State will not be acceptable to the people of the state.
He submitted that past endorsements done by the former Presidents have failed the people of the state, whose leg the shoe pinches most, stressing that “it is unacceptable. They cannot bring a governor that has failed the people and left the people in a state of frustration.”
“Politicians cannot give us a Governorship candidate without the knowledge of what Bayelsa people are feeling. Past candidates endorsed have failed the people. Bayelsa State has learnt a lot. All those they endorsed in the past only cart away money for themselves and their god fathers. The State has become a state in darkness with uncompleted projects everywhere,” he added.
“They have gone to Otta again. That is what happened when they brought in the man who headed NDDC before with uncompleted projects everywhere. Then, NDDC was lucrative and no god father was able to caution them. The people they are advocating was in charge of all the investment monies brought by foreign interest that wants to partner and invest in the Niger Delta regin.
But those monies till today are unaccounted for. Are they bringing them again to plunge the region into looting and poverty?
“If the PDP think they have a god father somewhere, they should know that the APC also have a god father in the present President, Muhammadu Buhari. It is high time the government change from PDP to APC in the state.
“For 22 years, Bayelsa don’t have roads, no power and there is abject poverty written on the faces of Bayelsa people. When you come into Bayelsa today and that single road is blocked, everyone will be stranded. And Bayelsa has gotten trillions of Naira. It is high time Bayelsa people took their destiny in their hands and chose candidates with the right vision to build a Bayelsa of our dreams,” Kpodoh said. (Independent)