Nathan Tamarapreye, Yenagoa
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa, Prince Preye Aganaba, on Sunday, berated the stagnant growth of Bayelsa under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) saying the state must join the APC at the centre to speed up development.
Aganaba, who spoke in Yenagoa said the state Governor, Douye Diri, was confused and had shown an absolute lack of ideology to position Bayelsa on the path of growth and development.
He said the APC Governorship Candidate in the November 11 election, Chief Timipre Sylva was the only hope of the state to align with the centre and urged the people to take advantage of the opportunity.
Aganaba, a former governorship aspirant said Sylva possessed the capacity, experience and network to win the forthcoming poll and speed up the development of the state.
He commended Sylva, who was the immediate past Minister of State for Petroleum, for attracting a federal tertiary institution to Nembe.
Aganaba dismissed the rumoured crisis in the state APC over ministerial appointments describing it as the handiwork of mischief-makers.
He said: “Bayelsa people know that they were richer between 1999 to 2015 when both the state and the centre were in the same party than between 2015 and 2019. That was why the people decided to align with the centre by voting for David Lyon, unfortunately, their will was altered by the decision of the Supreme Court.
“Bayelsa people desire to be part of the centre. We have an opportunity in this election to align with the centre. It is in our interest to do so in this forthcoming election by bringing APC to power in the state”.
Aganaba, who was the state Coordinator, Tinubu/Shettima Independent Campaign Council (ICC), hailed President Ahmed Bola Tinubu for removing the fuel subsidy, which he described as an albatross hindering the development of the country.
He urged the people to remain calm and patiently wait for the positive effects of the ongoing reforms and policies of the President.
He said Tinubu with his recent appointment of the service chiefs had demonstrated equity, fairness and balancing observing that service chiefs were appointed from different zones in the country.
Aganaba said the President knows persons with the capacity to help him deliver on his renewed hope and would include them in his cabinet.