The All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftain in Bayelsa State, Chief Richard Kpodo, Wednesday called on the national leadership of the party to disqualify former Governor Timipre Sylva.
Kpodo also called for the rescheduling of the primary, noting that, the disputed election conducted by Sylva could not suffice as it was done after all the other aspirants walked out of the arena.
Kpodo made the call in Yenagoa, while calling for the cancellation of Tuesday’s primary election of the APC in the state.
The party leader, who described the primary as a sham, said Sylva through his manipulation, intimidation of aspirants and use of thugs, exhibited his true character.
He said it was such character he displayed while he ruled the state, insisting that Sylva was a bad product for the APC.
His words: “As one of the founders of the APC in Bayelsa State, I think the national leadership of the party should disqualify Timipre Sylva for his insubordination because all amount to criminalities against the party’s constitution and guidelines.
“So, we are calling on the national leadership of our great party to take action to sanction Sylva for manipulating the process and intimidation of fellow delegates and electoral officers led by Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole.
“This is because we do not see any reason why a leader of the party could hold a serving governor hostage and if Oshiomhole was not not an activist, the man would have succumbed to their ‘evil machination’. But Oshiomhole maintained his cool, calculated and was able to wriggle out of the problem. He even told Sylva that he could not do him anything.
“And we thank God we have a vibrant DSS director who rescued Oshiomhole from the Sylva thugs. He is supposed to be disqualified. The guideline said if you have a criminal case in court, you cannot contest. Is corruption case not a criminal case? He was charged, still, the party allowed him to contest the primary. This is totally wrong.
“The party is not even abiding by its rule. The mantra of the party is change, that is to change the old wrong ways of doing things. For instance, to desist from acts of thuggery, cultism and other criminal ways.
“As I said earlier, Sylva should be disqualified. The primary should be rescheduled so that proper screening can be done. A lot of people came with cloned Permanent Voter Cards, answering other people’s name and all manipulations. A lot of shootings in the arena. Is that how he wants to lead Bayelsa State? During his first tenure, there was serious security breach in the state. Now he has started exhibiting his true character.”
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that Sylva was properly prosecuted for his crime against the state.