*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.