Timipre Sylva, the former Chief of Staff to ex-Bayelsa State Governor, Perekeme Kpodoh has lambasted former President, Goodluck Jonathan, saying his six years in office was a waste and plagued with “corruption and underdevelopment.”
Kpodoh, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, made the remark while slamming those defending Jonathan over the mounting criticism against his six years as President which they alleged was of no benefit to the Niger Delta region.
The APC Chieftain noted that people of the Niger Delta are angry that Jonathan could not develop the region despite been President for six years.
He described those faulting critics of Jonathan’s administration as sycophants who are trying to provoke the people of the region.
In a statement he signed, Kpodoh said, “Bayelsa state and Ijaw people know why we are attacking the former president. We know him when he had a two bedroom flat at the AOMPADEC in Abuloma in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
“Naturally, when you are at a buffet and table are set, you will differentiate between the rich and the poor. When the rich take their food, you will see the little taken.
“But when the poor take its portion of food, they will build sky scrapers and use polythene bags to keep extra. That means when you give a man with a poor background power, they will loot without working.”
“Nobody should stay in Abuja and outside the region to put up defense against those castigating Jonathan years of fraud. Nobody is a fool and we know what we are doing.
“If a leader fails, the Niger Delta people have the right to tackle him. We know what we are saying. We had expected that with a president from the region, all our expectations would have been met. But what we witnessed during Jonathan’s six years was wasteful years of corruption and anti-development.
“Under our brother, we lost hope because those aides from our region turned him to confused president. Look at President Muhammadu Buhari, he is not a Niger Deltan but the region has started witnessing a change.
“Modular refineries were approved for illegal refinery operators. With Deziani, who is from Niger Delta, the region faced crisis without a clear cut policy to empower the region.
“’Those supporting Jonathan do not have the right to do so. The Niger Delta people are angry over the inability of the Jonathan’s administration to deliver on the expected development and empowerment of the people.
“The outsiders should stop dabbling into issues they know nothing about. If they want to talk, they should tell us what Jonathan has done for his people. When Jonathan was president and his minister of petroleum was at his beck and call, what did they do?
“They did nothing. But look at Buhari and his minister of state for petroleum; they have mapped out a 20-point agenda with modular refineries approved for the region.”