Angry Loyalists of the Former Bayelsa State Governor and Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Timipre Sylva weekend sent a letter to President Mohammadu Buhari over the modalities adopted for the appointment into the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
According to the Sylva loyalists, though the APC and its members appreciate the recognition given to Bayelsa State in terms of Federal appointments, the recent appointment of Professor Nelson Brambiafa is lopsided, vexatious and is causing disunity within the fold of the party in the state.
The loyalists of Sylva led by the member representing Brass Constituency 1 at the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon Israel Sunny- Goli, said the nomination of Prof. Brambaifa has distrupted the fair and equitable arrangement in the Bayelsa APC with the current minister of state for agriculture and rural development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri from Ekeremor local government area, in Bayelsa West senatorial district, and the coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme, General Paul Boroh (rtd.), from Sagbama local government area also from Bayelsa West.
The former governor’s loyalists, noted that though President Buhari might not be aware, they alleged that the former governor of Rivers state and minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi of meddling in the affairs of Bayelsa State by foisting the appointment of Brambiafa on the people.
Sunny- Goli, who also double as the State House Committee Chairman on NDDC, pointed out that the appointments so far made from Bayelsa state by President Buhari is eroding cohesion and causing party disunity as they are all concentrated in one Senatorial district of the state.
According to him, “The party was shocked when its nominee, who had been agreed on by all stakeholders, could not make the final list because Amaechi had claimed that Buhari directed him to nominate the State representatives from the Niger Delta States based on his position as the Director-General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation.”
Sunny-Goli stated that “if the nomination is not reversed it means that other senatorial districts that campaigned against the Jonathan government for the enthronement of the change government have been excluded with grave implications for party cohesion.”
While condemning the attempts to sideline APC leaders in the state by foisting people on them, the lawmakers noted that “Amaechi should confine himself to Rivers state and leave other South- South states alone.
He declared that APC members still believe in the ideology of the Buhari government and would want him to reverse the nomination to assuage the ill feelings some members have towards the Federal Government.”
The letter read in part “When it was time to nominate state representatives to the NDDC Board, the leaders and stakeholders of APC in Bayelsa State met and recommended a nominee to Mr. President through the Honourable Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, for appointment into the Board. But we are surprised that this nominee did not make the final list. We know that it is not the fault of Mr. President that our nominee is not on the list.”
“We have it on good authority that it is the Minister of Transport and former governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, who used his ‘veto’ power as campaign coordinator and so-called leader of the South-south, which nobody made him, to replace our nominee. It is not as if this nominee is not qualified in his own right. He is very well qualified educationally, professionally, and otherwise.”
“We have also been told that Mr Rotimi Amaechi had told people that Mr President directed him to nominate all the State Reps on the NDDC Board from all the Niger Delta states. We find this strange and unacceptable especially in the face of Mr President’s statement that he belongs to nobody but everybody. Mr Amaechi is from Rivers State and he cannot dictate happenings in Bayelsa or any other South -South states as the various states have their leaders and stakeholders that determine who gets appointments.”
“Professor Nelson Brambaifa’s appointment has serious political implications in the sense that the current Minister representing Bayelsa State, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri (Honourable Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development), is from Ekeremor local government area, in Bayelsa West senatorial district, and the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, General Paul Boroh (rtd.), is Sagbama local government area also from Bayelsa West.”
” Now, the Bayelsa State representative on the NDDC Board is also Sagbama Local government area in the same Bayelsa West senatorial zone.”