Bayelsa west: APC chieftain describes Bayelsa PDP as weak, urges party youths to reclaim mandate

Yenagoa—The Chairman of Sagbama/Ekeremor All Progressives Congress (APC) Grassroot Mobilisation Movement, Comrade Mathew Okosikeme has described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State as a party with “loose leadership.”

He called on the APC to take advantage of the internal wrangling in the PDP and unseat it from the government house in 2023.

Okosikeme who made this known Saturday via a statement sent to opined that Governor Douye Diri does not wield the power to influence his appointees.

The APC chieftain cited an instance where decisions taken by leaders of the PDP in Sagbama and Ekeremor Local Government Areas are still being opposed, as a clear indication of a divided house where the Governor does not hold sway.

According to him, “despite the fact that the Sagbama/Ekeremor leadership of the PDP have decided on their senatorial and House of Representatives positions, the body language of the Governor’s most powerful aides, such as Collins Cocodia, Peter Akpe and Lucy Youbogha and the press statements of Jeremiah Perekeme Owouple, clearly oppose their leader’s position which portrays a divided house that will soon fall.” (sic)

He advised the APC to prepare the ground to take over their stolen mandate from Diri, whose house is already in disarray due to his inability to take charge, stressing that “a Governor who cannot put his boys on a tight leash, can never make a reliable decision or influence things to his state.”

He called on the youths in the APC to learn from the mistakes and activities of Jeremiah Perekeme Owouple and others, whose statements, he maintains, are clear acts of insubordination to their leaders.

Okosikeme enjoined them to work in harmony with leaders of the APC in Bayelsa to enable the party to reclaim its lost mandate.

It will be recalled that Jeremiah Owoupele, an aspirant vying for the Sagbama-Ekeremor Federal Constituency seat in the House of Representatives had reiterated his opposition to the alteration of an existing zoning arrangement in Bayelsa West Senatorial District.

Owoupele who is the Technical Adviser to Governor Douye Diri on Information and Strategy made this known in a statement on Friday.

He urged the PDP to create a fairground for all aspirants to contest and be voted for in the primary election.

Unconfirmed reports are making the rounds that stakeholders of Bayelsa West Senatorial District in a recent meeting agreed that Sagbama should retain the Senate seat, while Ekeremor retains the House of Representatives seat.

Mr. Ebiye Ogoli, the State Publicity Secretary of the PDP did not answer messages sent to him at the time of filing this report.

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