Bayelsans frustrated under Jonathan - Sylva
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.
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