By Amgbare Ekaunkumor, Yenagoa
A former Security Adviser to the Bayelsa State Government, Chief, Perekeme Kpodoh, has asked Governor Seriake Dickson to give account of his stewardship rather than nursing planned defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Chief Kpodoh also slammed governor Dickson for seeking soft landing after his tenure following subtle threat to the PDP over possible defection for refusing to allow him produce his successor, saying that reported defection is the reason behind Dickson’s show of sportsmanship to Chief Sylva.
Recall that Dickson had congratulated Chief Timipre Sylva upon his nomination as minister designate by President Mohammed Buhari and subsequent screening by the Senate, expressing support for Sylva.
But Kpodoh in a statement issued via email on and sent to DAILY WATCH, noted that such move by Dickson to seek for soft landing is unacceptable to say the least and would be resisted by Bayelsans.
He stated that Bayelsa people have gone beyond such deceit. He should apologise openly to Sylva over the name calling and apologise to the APC family over the various name calling against the State Party leaders.
“Dickson should apologise to Sylva because he is the symbol of APC in the state. We hear he is working for soft landing and such action should not be allowed. The apology is necessary because many members of opposition have been framed up at one time or another. I was framed up at one time and accused of arms dealings. At another time,a woman was used to set me up. If not for the Appeal Court that granted me bail,they would have left me to die.”
According to him, “Dickson’s, purported show of sportsmanship will remain suspicious without an open apology to the Former Governor, Chief Timipre Sylva and the All Progressive Congress (APC) faithfuls in the state following years of name calling and labelling the Party leader as a cultist, murderer and man of violence.”
“The people of Bayelsa State are concerned at the reports indicating that Gov. Seriake Dickson, may be planning defection if the PDP refused to allow him produce a successor,’ Bayelsa people will not allow such action.
What Bayelsa people want is a detailed show of stewardship on his seven years administration because the last check showed Gov. Dickson should account for the over N96 billion accord under the compulsory saving law, he initiated.”
“Everyone in charge of state governance must give account of his stewardship. Every penny spent must be accounted for and the remaining must be handed to the next administration. They must also account for the monies used for investments in South Africa and England under the BDIC.
APC, as a party can not also forget the issue of the most expensive airport in Nigeria built by Bayelsa Government for N80 billion. If Governor Dickson is ready to give account and his records are clean,then he can take a political journey he deem fit after February 14, 2020.’
Chief Kpodoh, however called on the National Leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to review parameters adopted by the party for soft landing to State Governors that is planning to defect from another party”, he concluded.