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Bayelsa APC Backs Buhari’s Probe Of Jonathan

Posted: Jul 22, 2015 at 5:02 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa


A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State has expressed support for moves by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Factional chairman of the APC, Perekeme Kpodo, who expressed the party’s support for the proposed probe at a press conference in Yenagoa on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, also called on Buhari to prosecute Jonathan’s wife, Patience, and other associates of the ex-President for allegedly looting Nigeria’s treasury.

Other party bigwigs present at the briefing were the secretary, Livinus Opuakpa, treasurer, Harrow Zuokumo, welfare secretary, Kingsley Tarilayefa, financial secretary, Koripamo Enoch, organising secretary, Prince Timidi, and the youth leader, Festus Mondibo.

Kpodo also prevailed on Buhari to order a detailed investigation into the past records of politicians defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties to the APC.

He accused former governor Bayelsa State and chieftain of the APC, Timipre Sylva, of making the party a dumping ground for politicians with questionable character.

He warned that the APC should not be an alternative political platform for desperate politicians.

The APC chieftain also said that Sylva’s plot to make the APC a dumping ground for corrupt politicians and public office abusers looking for protection from prosecution, in the wake of mass defections from PDP to the party in the state, was “unacceptable and vexatious.”

Kpodo said he would lead the state executive committee members and supporters of the party to resist Sylva’s plot and free the party from the clutches of such corrupt politicians.

“As a decent state executive devoid of past indisputable corrupt acts of the former executives, we consider the attempt to make the APC a dumping ground unacceptable and vexatious.

“APC in the state will not allow the party to become a dumping ground for desperate looters and thieves in need of protection from persecution,” he said.

Kpodo, who was Sylva’s special adviser on security matters, said, henceforth, defectors must obtain clearance from their wards and then proceed to the state working committee for acceptance into the party.

He said such defectors should also have record of performance endorsed by their parent party before they would be officially presented to loyalists and supporters of the APC.

In addition, he insisted it was illegal for Sylva and the sacked chairman of the APC, Tiwei Orunimighe, to receive PDP defectors, stressing that the action was “a cover for bands of corrupt politicians and fake protection against prosecution at the hands of the Buhari administration.