Ahead of the 2015 general elections, the All Progressives Congress has advised President Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party to stay away from the Niger Delta region as they lacked the moral rights to ask the Niger-Delta people for their votes due to the alleged neglect of the region under the current administration.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Rivers State Interim Chairman of the party, Dr. Ikanya Davies, in Port Harcourt on Thursday.
The APC leader said President Jonathan should avoid campaigning in the oil-rich region since his kinsmen had rejected him for disappointing them.
The statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to Mr. Davies, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze, recalled that the ex-Bayelsa Governor, Mr. Timipreye Sylva, had declared that the majority of Bayelsans, where the president hails from, were not happy with the present administration and wanted a change.
According to the statement, “Even though they lack shame, President Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party should for once respect themselves and stay away from the Niger Delta since even his kinsmen in Bayelsa State have rejected him for disappointing them.
“This fact was made clear by the immediate past Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, who during his solidarity visit to Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, declared that most Bayelsa people were frustrated with the Jonathan administration and wanted change even though the President is from the state.
“As Chief Sylva rightly said, Jonathan’s Presidency has brought nothing but shame and opened cracks in the unity of the people of the South-South geo-political zone.
“Jonathan’s occupation of the Aso Presidential Villa has proved to be a curse rather than a blessing to the Niger Delta. The situation is so bad that the Jonathan Presidency has failed to reconstruct the East-West road, which links the South-South with the South-Western parts of the country.
“Certainly, President Jonathan and the PDP have lost every moral right to come and ask the people of the Niger Delta for their votes in 2015 considering the wickedness they have exhibited towards the people of the region”.
Commending Mr. Sylva for summoning the courage the speak the truth despite his blood relationship with President Jonathan, the state APC chair expressed the readiness of the party to work with him and other progressives in Bayelsa to unseat the ruling party.