Bayelsa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressive Congress, APC, of marginalising Beyelsa State.
The party expressed dismay at what it described as ‘continuous but unpleasant attitude of the APC led government at the centre’, accusing it of sidelining the state in federal appointments.
PDP in a statement by its state chairman, Deacon Cleopas Moses, also frowned at the way and manner the federal government has been managing the nation’s economy, which it noted, is responsible for the inability of many states to meet its salary and other financial obligations to its workers and the state in general.
The statement cited the recent list sent to the senate as Ambassadorial Nominees, saying no Bayelsa was among, a clear indication of the personal grudge the APC led federal government has for the state. Moses queried the action and reason behind the decision, wondering if Bayelsa State does not have any career diplomat eligible to become an Ambassador and blasted the once “noisy” Bayelsa APC for being partly responsible for the development because of the pain of losing woefully in the last governorship election.
He recalled that Governor Seriake Dickson had raised similar issue recently, when he received the Head of Service of the Federation, where he decried the absence of a Bayelsan as Permanent Secretary in the Federal Civil Service.
The Bayelsa PDP chairman called on the state APC to immediately apologise to Bayelsans for its role in the lopesideness, adding that their self serving agenda which was also to embarrass former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has also landed them and their leader, Chief Timipre Sylva in uncertainty as they can only boast now of a junior minister.
The statement also appreciates the state government for the utmost display of good faith in honouring the agreement it had with labour leaders to pay fifty percent salaries of civil servants and pensioners’ gratuities.
It equally ‎commended Bayelsans for the show of maturity and understanding, and further urged them not to relent in showing continuing support for the verification exercises going on, with a view to curbing pay-roll fraud while enjoining everyone to positively look forward to better days ahead, and eschew attitudes inimical to the government’s efforts.
The PDP in the same vein lauded the restoration government under His Excellency, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson for the decorous and orderly manner in which they have been conducting themselves in these trying times.

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