Community leader warns PDP against rejecting Bayelsa-West zoning arrangement
Kpodo called on the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leadership in Bayelsa to respect the zoning arrangement or risk a protest vote from the electorate.
He said locals would continue to fight what he called “the greedy interest of some politicians in scuttling fraternal zoning by rotating National Assembly posts between the two LGAs.
Speaking to reporters on Monday in Yenagoa, Kpodoh chastised Governor Douye Diri for recently pressuring some people in the region to work for the re-election of the former state governor and sitting senator, Mr. Seriake Dickson.
Kpodoh said that, in accordance with the zoning arrangement, it was the turn of the people of Ekeremor to produce the next senator.
“Governor. Diri should understand that his plan to undermine the people of Ekeremor is the beginning of the war against his second electoral term.
“Let Diri and Dickson tell us what he (Dickson) drew to the area when he was a member of the House of Representatives and in his current term in the Senate.
“Diri is only maternally an Ekeremor man and in the Ijaw tradition” no one responds to Mom’s name.
“Let him go and decide for the people of Kolokuma/Opokuma if they would allow him to break their age-old zoning agreements,” said Kpodoh.
He warned that the Sagbama/Ekeremor people would join the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in reversing the political pendulum if Diri, Dickson and the PDP treated their threat with gloves.
He accused Dickson of incredible wealth when he was only governor for his family and a few cronies.
Kpodoh accused the state’s current administration of recruiting fierce-looking youths as members of the task force, overseen by the deputy governor’s office.
Members of the task force, he said, operate 24 hours a day extorting money from carriers and commuters.
He called on Diri to learn from Ebonyi, Yobe and other states that were created alongside Bayelsa in 1996 but left the state behind in terms of development.
“Look at Bola Tinubu. When the federal capital was moved from Lagos to Abuja, people thought the economy of Lagos would collapse.
“Tinubu proved them wrong and today the economy of Lagos is the strongest of all the states in the federation” he said.
Kpodo, a former Bayelsa government security adviser, referred to Aba in Abia as a trading center that Diri should have in mind.
“They (the Bayelsa government) recently inaugurated the media building and brought people from all over the country and lavished public funds for this purpose.
“This building cannot be used because it is not completed. Who are they fooling? he said.