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Bayelsa wants resolution to APC problems

13 January 2014, 07:38Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has directed the police and other security agencies in the state to ensure adequate security at the secretariat of the All Progressive Alliance (APC) in Yenagoa.

According to a statement released from Government House statement, the directive was in line with keeping with the policy of the present administration to ensure security of lives and property of residents and visitors to the state.

“As a responsive Government, we will not abandon what is clearly our constitutional duty to provide security and ensure that people go about their legitimate duties without any form of molestation and same for the APC and any other party that is lawfully registered and recognized as a political party in Nigeria,” the administration stated.

The governor appealed to the leadership of the party at the national level to ensure that, steps are taken urgently to resolve the leadership tussle among its rank and file in the state.  

He also expressed serious concern over the seemingly bitter rivalry among members of the APC in the state and demanded that it be properly handled before it degenerated to a security problem for the state.  

“Bayelsa is at peace and I want to use this opportunity to call on the APC to ensure that, the problem does not cause a breach of the peace within the State capital and its environs, as Government will do everything on its part to maintain the existing peaceful atmosphere around the state.”

The rift in the party is between loyalists of former Governor, Timipre Sylva, and members of the ACN, who have been in the opposition all the while and a part of the new alliance that gave birth to the APC.

Another thorny issue within the party is that two Sylva's loyalists-Richard Kpodo and Godwin Sidi- have reportedly imposed themselves on the party as Chairman and Secretary as well as sited the State Secretariat at Kpodo's personal property located at the Etegwe area of Yenagoa without due consultation, the statement added.

– CAJ News


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