Some All Progressives Congress, APC, members in Bayelsa State have sent a protest letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over the modalities adopted in the appointment into the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
Appreciating the recognition given to Bayelsa State in terms of federal appointments, the members said the recent appointment of Professor Nelson Brambaifa was biased and causing disunity.
The members loyal to former governorship candidate of the party in the last governorship election, Chief Timipre Sylva, are led by the member representing Brass Constituency I in Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Israel Sunny-Goli.
They argued that the current Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, is from Ekeremor Local Government Area, in Bayelsa West senatorial district, while the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, General Paul Boroh (retd.), is from Sagbama Local Government Area also from Bayelsa West.
They also accused Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, of meddling in the affairs of Bayelsa State.
“The party was shocked when its nominee, who had been agreed on by all stakeholders, could not make the final list because (allegedly) Amaechi had claimed that Buhari directed him to nominate the state representatives from the Niger Delta States based on his position as the Director-General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation.
“If the nomination is not reversed, it means that other senatorial districts that campaigned against the Jonathan government for the enthronement of the change government have been excluded with grave implications for party cohesion.”
“Amaechi should confine himself to Rivers state and leave other South- South states alone.”
He said, “APC members still believe in the ideology of the Buhari government and would want him to reverse the nomination to assuage the ill feelings some members have towards the Federal Government.”