- Chief Perekeme Kpodoh of the All Progressives Congress slams a lawmaker and supporter of minister Timipre Sylva
- Kpodoh maintains that he would continue to insist that APC will never win elections in Bayelsa with its style of leadership
- The former security adviser recalls how he formed the APC in Bayelsa state while the big names in the party were nowhere to be found
Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, a founding father of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has slammed a member of the Bayelsa state House of Assembly, Wilson Ayakpo Dauyegha, for criticising him.
Kpodoh described the lawmaker as least qualified to criticise him for speaking about the alleged activities the minister of state for petroleum, Timipre Sylva.
The chieftain of the APC re-emphasised, in a statement to journalists, that the party in Bayelsa had not been led in the right way by the former minister.
Kpodoh described the lawmaker representing Ekeremor Constituency 2 as an "ill-informed deviant" for criticising his poor rating of Sylva's leadership of the party.
The politician also slammed the state's secretary of the APC, Comrade Alabo Martins, for condemning his criticisms which he described as obvious truth about the situation in the APC in Bayelsa.
He said the supporters of Sylva see his criticisms as an endorsement of Seriake Dickson who is planning a return to the National Assembly after serving as governor of the state.
"See the caliber of persons directed to embark on media attack against me for raising issues of poor leadership, incompetence, and selfishness of Sylva in Bayelsa APC.
“One of them attacked the state chairman of the party at the Port Harcourt airport and was not suspended or expelled. He was later flogged mercilessly and initiated into a cult group because he aspired to become a principal officer in the state house of Assembly," Kpodoh claimed.
Chief Kpodoh noted that though it was painful that Chief David Lyon lost his mandate at the Supreme Court, "his administration would have been divided along the line of cultists and progressive loyalists of the party,” if he had been declared victorious.
Lyon, he said, would have been left in the cold. But God saved Bayelsa.
Kpodoh wondered where the lawmaker was when he pitched his tent with the chairman of the defunct New People's Democratic Party (NPDP), Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, to partake in all the activities that birthed the APC.
"There was no Sylva and others when we started from under the new PDP. While Baraje was the national chairman of the nPDP, I was the Bayelsa chairman of the nPDP with Godsidi as secretary.
“I stood firm against all attempts by the Governor Dickson administration to stop the new party. I hoisted the first flag of the APC in Bayelsa when we metamorphosed into the APC.
"I hoisted the APC flag on my property when others were afraid to be associated with the APC. When I got angry over the divisive handling of the APC leadership by Sylva, I stepped aside," he said adding that the minister begged him to return. "If I am not a member would he have come to beg?”
Kpodoh admonished those criticising him to know that the relationship he has with Sylva goes beyond their meddling in something they know nothing about.
"Some claimed Sylva made me what I am today, I must tell them, I made Sylva what he is today politically. And as a former security adviser, I will soon be provoked to open up in this battle and everyone will know who Sylva truly is," he threatened while noting that nobody had taken more 'bullets' for the minister, who was a former governor, like him.
He said he would continue to shout to those who want to listen that APC cannot win elections in the state with the kind of style the leadership of the party had adopted.
Legit.ng recently reported that Kpodoh predicted a landslide victory for Dickson if he emerged as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming western senatorial by-election in the state.
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