Power Tussle: Bayelsa State Orders APC To Vacate Secretariat
The crisis rocking the Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress is far from being over as the state government has asked the party to vacate its secretariat located along Melford Okilo Expressway, Kpansia, Yenagoa.
Citing a court order which directed that the APC should vacate the building located on Melford Okilo Expressway, Kpansia , Yenagoa, the Peoples Democratic Party-led state government noted that the house was ‘forcefully’ taken over by the leadership of the APC without resort to it.
Before being order to vacate the secretariat, the state chapter of the APC had been enmeshed in a lingering crisis involving a faction loyal to a former governor of the state, Chief Timipre Sylva, and another one loyal to Orunimighe.
According to the state Solicitor-General, Mr. Preye Agedah, when speaking to newsmen at the state Ministry of Justice office, Yenagoa, aside the fact that the government bought the building from the original owner, the current crisis bedeviling the party, whereby two factions were laying claim to secretariat was also capable of causing serious damage to the structure.
Ageda said, “In 2010, the Bayelsa State Government acquired a property belonging to Chief Ipigansi Izagara along Melford Okilo Expressway, Kpansia, Yenagoa, as a Government Guest House.
‘’The assessment, valuation and discussions held before the acquisition of the property were handled by the Executive Secretary of the Capital City Development Authority, the then Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Opuala Charles, and a former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva.
“The property was duly paid for and the government took possession of the property as the owner and the keys were handed over to the state government by Chief Izagara.
“Thereafter, the property was rehabilitated by Gefesco Enterprises Nigeria Limited for a total sum of N43m and the final payment of N23m was made by the current administration after an initial payment of N20m by its predecessor.
“The government subsequently used the property as Presidential Campaign Office and after that, the property’s keys were handed over to Chief Diekivie Ikiogha, who was then the Chief of Staff to the Governor. It is to be noted that the said Chief Ikiogha defected to the APC without handing over the property’s keys to anyone.”
He called on the Inspector General of Police; Director-General, Department of State Services; and heads of security agencies in the state to caution the APC and ensure that there is law and order in the state.