(Femi Folaranmi, YENAGOA)
The Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) yesterday took a swipe at the President Muhammadu Buhari All Progressive Congress( APC) led government for the prostrate economy and marginalization of some states in Federal appointments made.
The Chairman of Bayelsa PDP, Moses Cleopas who condemned the marginalization stated that “All Progressives Congress (APC) should tell us our sins.”
Cleopas in a statement issued in Yenagoa frowned at the way and manner the government has been managing the nation’s economy noting that the mismanagement was responsible for the inability of many states to meet its salary and other financial obligations to its workers.
According to him it was sad to note that while other states of the federation are being treated fairly, that of Bayelsa is the other way round.
While citing the recent list sent to the senate as Ambassador nominees which no Bayelsan featured, he said it was a clear indication of the personal grudge the APC led federal government has for the state.
He condemned the Federal Government for not following the federal character principle in line with the constitution, wondering if Bayelsa State does not have any career diplomat eligible to become an Ambassador.
Cleopas who recalled that Governor Henry Seriake Dickson had raised similar issue recently when he received the Head of Service of the Federation called on the state APC to immediately apologize to Bayelsans for its role in the lopsidedness.
“What the state can only boast of, is a junior minister, in spite of its contributions to the economic growth and development of the country. We are not being treated as part of the federation, both in terms of appointment and revenue sharing. The Federal government should be bold enough to tell the whole world the sins of Bayelsa state. The PDP ruled this Country for 16 years and there is no complaint that any of the state is being marginalized but reverse is the case now, as PDP states are being treated as political ‘lepers’. We as PDP family, in spite of the insensitivity of the Federal Government to our plight, will continue to contribute our quota to the economic development of the country.”