Why I am taking Jonathan, Timipre Sylva to court – APC chieftain threatens ex-president, departvernor
– Perekeme Kpodoh is angry that Goodluck Jonathan and Timipre Sylva allegedly plunged Bayelsa state into debt
– Kpodoh says the two politicians did this while they were governors of the state
– He wants the court to stop them and their cronies from seeking governorship election in the state
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa, Perekeme Kpodoh, has threatened to take Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan to court.
He also said Timpre Sylva would be added in the suit for their alleged frivolous spending while they were governors of the state.
Kpodoh, who served under the separate administrations of Jonathan and Sylva, accused the two politicians of bringing excessive debts from unexplained loans during their tenures in the state.
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The APC chieftain said though the anti-corruption agencies have investigated them over some cases of alleged fraud, new evidence show that the slow pace of development in Bayelsa was caused by the huge debts, list of unexplained loans and theft of state funds.
In a statement obtained by and personally signed by Kpodoh, the politician said the decision to head to court follows damaging facts and figures gathered over the years on the alleged wrongful spending by the two administrations between 2005 and 2011.
He said he would make this move in collaboration with rights organizations in the state.
According to him, the court action is further expected to bar the duo from contesting the 2020 governorship race in the state or having their cronies vie during the exercise.
He said the court would be urged to make Jonathan and Sylva give account of spending, loans and debts during their administrations in order for Bayelsa people to know their level of performance at those periods in question.
Kpodoh argued that the two former governors are not qualified to install any successor as governor following their alleged abysmal performance in different areas.
“There men have lost credibility and failed during their management of state resources. They don’t qualify to be in charge of who presents successors to Bayelsa people.
“While some believe in violence and use of cultists to win elections, others bully the people to submission without effective way of improving their well-being as a people,” he said adding that the few changes in the state are either individual efforts or done by the current administration.
“We have lost faith in the capability of these past Bayelsa leaders.
“Look at the areas of roads, schools and other infrastructures compared to their periods. The changes are huge now.
“The fund accruing to the state was enormous but the projects embarked upon are not measurable.
“These people should learn from Governor Wike of Rivers state. The people are feeling the impact of his administration. Issues of cultism and dirt on the streets of the state capital took over their administrations. Look at the Bayelsa state capital then and now.”