- A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Perekeme Kpodoh, has alleged political persecution
- Some of his friends said Kpodoh is suffering from being vocal against the administration of Governor Seriake Dickson
- They also said they would be forced to reveal secrets about the Bayelsa state governor
Friends of Perekeme Kpodoh, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Bayelsa state have alleged that his continued detention is an act of political vendetta.
George Fubara, chairman of the committee of friends and its secretary, Chidi Uchena, said hat they would expose a lot of things if Kpodoh, is not freed.
Kpodoh, according to them, is suffering from being vocal against the administration of Governor Seriake Dickson.
“The governor got provoked after Kpodoh released a statement asking the governor to reduce his frequent traveling and face good governance in Bayelsa.
“Kpodoh also got the governor angry when he demanded that the governor should respond to an allegation by former governor of the state, Timipre Sylva, on how his administration came about an alleged debt profile hanging on its neck,” the group added.
Going further, they claimed that the APC chieftain was robed into a case that had long been trashed.
“But because the state government now needed something to pin Kpodoh with, it went to dig up a dead issue and with the help of the police, ensured the detention of the politician.
“Let us not even forget that the crime is a bailable if that was truly the underlying issue here. But the level of connivance against the former special adviser on security to the Bayelsa state government calls for concern.
“When this same man was attacking perceived enemies of the government, officials clapped for him and hobnobbed with him. Now that he decided to say some things he thinks are not alright about the government, he is being victimised,” the group said.
Consequently, they called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the national security adviser, the international community, human rights organizations, the media, the Nigeria police force as well as the national judicial council to intervene on the issue because the life of the APC chieftain is currently being threatened, PM news reports.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Tiwei Orunimighe, a former chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa, defected from the ruling party to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alongside no fewer than 5,000 supporters in the south-south state.
Orunimighe defected to the opposition party alongside a serving lawmaker in the Bayelsa state House of Assembly, Watson Belemote and ex-militant-turned politician, Africanus Ukparasia.
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