There is rising hostility among the supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State following the alleged plot by some politicians to hijack the conduct of the State Congress of the party and install a substantive executive loyal to the former governor, Chief Timipre Sylva.
The alleged plot, according to senior APC sources, has moved the Rivers State governor, Mr Rotimi Amaechi against the former governor, Chief Timipre Sylva.
Amaechi, as a national supervisor of the three states of Rivers, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom, had moved against such plot in the interest of the establishment of a solid base for the party in the state and asked the former Bayelsa governor to serve as a leader and refuse the temptation of installing a substantive executive ahead of his 2016 governorship ambition.
The refusal of the former Bayelsa governor, Chief Timipre Sylva is, however, attributed to the recent exit of some of his loyalists from the APC in the state.
Prince Lucky Yeubogha, the special adviser on protocol matters to the former governor, while announcing his decision to dump the APC in the state, accused the party of faulty ideology.
He announced that he left the APC with the over 1,000 members of his camp and socio-political group known as the Great Sagbama House.
Prince Lucky Yeubogha, while speaking with newsmen in Yenagoa, said the decision to abandon APC was based on the true discovery of the faulty ideology they brandished and the realisation that it is a party based on trial and error politics.
In his letter of resignation from the APC, addressed to the interim chairman, Chief Tiwei Orunimigha and the former governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, addressed as party leader, Prince Yeubogha said the decision was taken after due consultation with members of his family and political associates of many years.
“The decision was based on the need for me to support a base that will continue to engender the progress of our dear state and the country. It is right to state that the devil you know is better than the angel you do not know.”
Prince Lucky Yeubogha denied the claim that his decision to abandon the APC was a fallout of the just concluded party congresses at the wards and local government councils. “Politics is about interest and calculations. When you have an interest to move your state forward and you find out that it is not protected by the expected change, you dump such interest.”
“I have come to find out that there would be no change. I am back to my true party, the PDP. I did not leave the party because of crisis over ward or local government congresses. But I left when I discovered that the party was based on political gamble,” he said.