Bayel­sans frus­trated un­der Jonathan - Sylva

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Vic­tor Edozie, Port Har­court NAN

For­mer Bayelsa State gover­nor, Chief Timipre Sylva, says be­ing blessed with the coun­try’s pres­i­dency through Good­luck Jonathan has, in­stead of en­gen­der­ing progress in Bayelsa and the Niger Delta, brought di­vi­sion, frus­tra­tion and cracks in the unity of the re­gion.

Sylva spoke over the weekend when he led party ex­ec­u­tives and sup­port­ers of the APC in Bayelsa on a cour­tesy visit to Rivers state Gover­nor Ro­timi Amaechi in Port Har­court. He said the people of Bayelsa were frus­trated with the Jonathan ad­min­is­tra­tion and as­sured Gover­nor Amaechi that the state chap­ter of the APC would work with him to flush out the PDP led federal govern­ment in next year’s elec­tion.

“We of the APC in Bayelsa State de­cided to come to you to tell you that not ev­ery­body in Bayelsa is against progress, not ev­ery­body in Bayelsa is an en­emy of progress, that you also have a fam­ily in Bayelsa that iden­ti­fies with you and we will stand by you all the way.

“When the time comes for us to sweep away the govern­ment of the day at the na­tional level, Bayel­sans will stand by you and be in the van­guard of sweep­ing away this govern­ment that has brought only mis­ery to the Niger Delta. The APC is the plat­form for progress. You are an epit­ome of progress not only in the Niger Delta but in Nigeria. Ev­ery­body that comes to Rivers State will bear wit­ness to what you have done. We will stand by you and we will con­tinue to sup­port you”, he said.

He noted that the APC is a bet­ter al­ter­na­tive to the PDP and would pro­vide good lead­er­ship and de­cried the fact that Jonathan’s pres­i­dency brought shame and opened cracks in the unity of the people of the South-south geo-po­lit­i­cal zone.

Sylva re­called that Gover­nor Amaechi ran into trou­ble with the federal govern­ment when he urged the ad­min­is­tra­tion to com­plete the all-im­por­tant East-West road in the Niger Delta.

“I know that one of the things that brought prob­lems be­tween you and the federal govern­ment was be­cause you were able to point to the fact that even the East-West road which is a ma­jor link in the South-south has been ne­glected by this govern­ment and of course there were lots of shouts. In­stead of the federal govern­ment com­ing to you to learn from you to take what is good from you, they have de­cided to fight you and ev­ery­one knows about this , very un­for­tu­nately”, he said as he ap­plauded the Rivers gover­nor for the laud­able achieve­ments in the state, say­ing much had changed dur­ing the past few years.


Foren­sic ex­perts gath­er­ing ma­te­ri­als at the kid­nap­pers den at Soka For­est in Ibadan yes­ter­day.

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