Thursday, March 31, 2016 11:41 am
The Bayelsa All Progressives Congress has made a sensational allegation, accusing the Minister of state for agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri for paying cash for the ministerial slot.
The party claimed that former governor Timipre Sylva and the leader of the party in the state sold the post to Lokpobiri.
Chief Timipa Orunimighe, chairman of the party in the state made the allegation in Abuja and said the party was no longer comfortable with Lokpobiri and Sylva.
Sylva dismissed the allegation as a non-issue.
But the party is not done yet. It claimed that Sylva had also compiled and submitted names of some other non-APC members, who had paid him and submitted same to Secretary to Government of Federation, SGF, without input from the state executive of the party.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja at the APC national Secretariat, yesterday, the state chairman, who led other state excos, called on the Minister of State for Agriculture to honourably resign from office.
“We also want to call on the Minister representing 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.
“Why we are standing here before you today is because of the appointments that we feel were supposed to be given to those of us of the APC in Bayelsa. Its a pity to say that for somebody like Timipre Sylva who was supposed to be the leader of the party, today turned against the party and sold our party slots. The Bayelsa APC leaders, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari and national leaders of the party to intervene in the matter.
The Vanguard reported Sylva dismissing the allegations saying he only did what he felt was right and equitable.
He said: “They felt that they are the ones that started the party and, therefore, we should not deal with anybody, who is coming late into the party.