Gov Dickson Orders Police Take Over and Demolition of APC Secretariat in Bayelsa
The government also disclosed that the property had been earmarked for demolition to make way for a bridge to be constructed by the state government.
It said the directive was in keeping with the policy of the present administration to ensure the security of lives and property of residents and visitors to the state.
The government, in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to governor, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said: “As a responsive government, we will not abandon what is clearly our constitutional duty to provide security and ensure that people go about their legitimate duties without any form of molestation and same for the APC and any other party that is lawfully registered and recognised as a political party in Nigeria.”
Dickson, however, appealed to the national leadership of the party to ensure that steps are taken urgently to resolve the leadership tussle in the state chapter of APC.
The governor, who expressed concern about the seemingly bitter rivalry between members of the APC in the state, urged the party leaders to properly handle the crisis before it would degenerate to a security problem for the state.
The rivalry in the party is between loyalists of the former Governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, and members of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), one of the constituent parties that formed the APC, who have been in the opposition all the while.
Another thorny issue within the party is that two of Sylva’s loyalists, Richard Kpodo and Godwin Sidi, had reportedly imposed themselves on the party as Chairman and Secretary as well as the siting of the APC state secretariat at Kpodo’s personal property without due consultation.
Dickson pointed out that the building had long been marked for demolition alongside other structures, to make way for the second flyover bridge to be constructed around the area, adding that the state government had already set aside N1 billion for the payment of compensation of the owners of property to be affected by the project.
According to him, the exercise is not to persecute anybody or group of persons as it was intended to bring about infrastructural development to the state capital.
He recalled how a section of his personal property was demolished because of the ongoing expansion of the new Opolo-Elebele Expressway, describing it as a price everybody has to pay for the development of the state.
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