Faction of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State led by Hon. Ebierien Fala Itubor has offered reasons for the decision to open a parallel party secretariat in the state, declaring that the secretariat controlled by the faction loyal to the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva was opened with the proceeds of corruption.
According to the Hon. Ebierien Fala Itubor faction, the property housing the Party secretariat located at Bay bridge area of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital was acquired with the proceeds of corruption under Chief Timipre Sylva administration of Governor of Bayelsa State.
Hon. Sunday Frank-Oputu, a member of the Hon. Ebierien Fala Itubor faction of the APC in Bayelsa, while speaking on the lingering crisis in the party, said the opening of the new secretariat was the best thing that has happened to the majority of members of the party in the state.
According to Sunday Frank-Oputu, “as far as am concerned, is the best thing that has happened to Bayelsa state because the former secretariat which is at the Mbiama yenagoa road, opposite IBTC bank, that property is a proceed of corruption under Sylva’s government. When Sylva was Governor, he asked the state capital development authority to go and buy that property with our state money the evidences are there, the former governor Seriake Dickson even went to court the matter is still in court”
“The money was paid from Bayelsa state government account and you and I know party secretariat is not and has never been on Government property before that is a Government property that belongs to every Bayelsans. Bayelsa state Government property belongs to everybody both APC members PDP members, and the rest therefore a party cannot claim ownership of it and be housing it it’s wrong am using this same medium to call the Governor of Baylesa state to immediately prepare due everything to take over that property because that property, rightly belongs to Bayelsa state Government”
“It’s a proceed of corruption, APC as a party that does not believe in corruption and believe in non- partisan issues that stands for truth and justice, we say that secretariat is a wrong place for Bayelsa to keep her APC secretariat”.
Hon.Frank-Oputu ,who is a chieftain of the APC from Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, however claimed that the status of the old party secretariat and the circumstances surrounding its acquisition has led to many political misfortunes for the party, ”One, let me tell you do you know that in 2015 we narrowly missed the Governorship when Sylva has already had over 80,000 votes in Southern Ijaw, INEC cancelled it we narrowly escaped it.”
“In 2009 we even won it it was declared, a day to swearing in that is when the Victory of APC was turned .All these, are bad things showing that where the secretariat is situated, is a bad place because it’s a proceeds of corruption. APC, cannot stand on corrupt ground to do anything and succeed because President Muhammadu Buhari is a man who has a clean slate when it comes to Anti- corruption so for us as a people and believers of Buhari’s system of Governance that secretariat is the least place anybody should expect us to stay”.
“We have a better secretariat at this side. This we are telling Bayelsans, and the whole world that the Timipre Sylva’s leadership in Bayelsa has come to an End and we are doing away with his corrupt proceeds and his corrupt style of Governance since the day he became minister of petroleum, how many corrupt cases have people levelled against him can he give account if them. Let anybody who can give account of them, come out because it’s uncountable such a person is not supposed to be the leader of our party in Bayelsa state as far as am concerned, chief Timipre Sylva’s leadership has come to an End in APC we have a better secretariat we don’t want to use the secretariat that is a proceed of corruption so the Bayelsa state government is hereby called to come and take over their property”
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