Bayelsa APC Accuses Silva of Betrayal

Timipre Silva

*Asks Heineken to resign as minister

Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

The All Progressives Congress (APC), Bayelsa state chapter, has slammed the party’s candidate in the last governorship election in the state, Chief Timipre Silva, for allegedly sidelining the leadership and trying to corner federal appointments due to the state for only his cronies.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, state APC chairman, Chief Timipa Orunimighe, said the party is also demanding the resignation of the Minister of State for Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri, for alleged inducement he made to Silva to secure the appointment.

Similarly, Orunimighe alleged that Sylva has compiled and submitted names of some other non-APC members to the Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF) for federal appointments without the knowledge of the state executives.

“We also want to call on the Minister represent Bayelsa, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, the junior minister to resign his appointment reason being that he also paid for the slot of his ministerial position and I also believe and those of us standing here know very well that he is not a member of the party,” he said.

Orunimighe who was accompanied during the conference by the Deputy Chairman and Secretary of the party in the state, accused the former governor of attempting to single-handedly pick appointment slots meant for Bayelsa.

“As APC chairman in Bayelsa and very strong exco, we have spoken with him. We told him we will stand against that as a people, if we can stand against Jonathan as a President, if we can stand against the governor of Bayelsa state Sarieke Dickson to tell him we don’t like his antecedent as governor, we can also tell our leader that we don’t like his antecedents. We are not ready as a people to sell any slot of appointment to be given to Bayelsans.”

Silva who spoke on the telephone, countered the allegation of monetary inducement by accusing the state party chairman of collecting money from the PDP candidate, Governor Seriake Dickson, and colluding with the governor to sabotage his election.

  • UOU

    Ehee omee! so soon, they are indirectly reporting themselves to the bayelsa people hence indicting themselves, chai chanji

  • Okwuchukwu David

    Now we can see corruption in another dimension.

  • lord vuga

    Very funny,sylva joined apc hurriedly and escaped the efcc case he had. He emerged the candidate almost unopposed despite the fact thar he couldn’t secure a 2nd term in pdp.Was trounced in the election .Now these folks are crying foul. Were they not the ones that were there at genesis and yet allowed a relative “outsider” to grab the ticket? Now he’s calling the shots they are gibbering. It is like a man who marries a woman that the hubby drove away without enquiring as per her character.I think apc is seriously bound for implosion soon.

  • Jumpingbrook

    But Amaechi is doing the same thing, so you see these APC people are evil

  • Innocent Maduka Okoro

    Why are you old fools crying after he has used you all zombies and mumus to enrich himself and you fools betrayed your son GEJ for pecuniary reasons. The wind of betrayal must go round.

  • Seriki Samuel Adinoyi (Jos)

    This is just the beginning; you have not seen anything! A people that have come to fight corruption and CHANGE Nigeria have turned around to accuse one another of corruption. Old fools; you all sold you brother GEJ for a penny. Your woes have just started.