Former Security Adviser to Bayelsa State Government, Mr. Perekeme Kpodoh,
has described former Governor Timipre Sylva as a “cockroach” who cannot
win any elections in the state.
Kpodoh also accused Sylva of masterminding the stoning of President
Mohammadu Buhari in Bayelsa State when he visited the state to campaign as
the presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, in
The former Security Aide dismissed as “ego trip” and “half-truth” the
claim by the former Governor, Timipre Sylva, that the All Progressives
Congress (APC) lost in the last governorship election in the state due to
alleged greed and anti-party acts by some chieftains of the party.
According to Kpodoh, the loss of the APC at the last governorship election
and the near-collapse of the party in the state was due to Sylva’s
desperation to remain Governor.
Kpodoh also mocked Sylva as a “cockroach” who cannot upstage anyone in an
election, over his description of the incumbent Governor Seriake Dickson a
“rat in Government”, insisting that criticism should be based on issues
and not name-calling and derogatory insults.
Kpodoh, an APC chieftain who served under Sylva as Chief Security Adviser,
said the decision by the former Governor to make the APC his one-man party
by hijacking the party’s governorship ticket, cost APC dear at the last
“Sylva will never change. The APC failed at the last election due to his
inordinate ambition to become Governor by all means,” he said.
“When I risked everything to hoist the first APC flag in the state despite
threats and seizure of my property, Sylva came and imposed the same party
executive he is accusing of running after money than victory for the
party. He later hijacked the governorship primary with thugs and cultists,
and held hostage the former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomole.
“Is it not the same Oshiomole he is supporting now for chairmanship. He
stoned PMB during the CPC campaign in Bayelsa and claimed to be his core
loyalist now. He had insulted the Bayelsa people with violent conduct,
huge loans and debts; now he wants to govern them under APC? It will not
“if Sylva had allowed the governorship primary to take place, he would
have been defeated and his fading political power would have been
finished. He resorted to violence and scuttled the party’s chances to get
it right. In his usual way, Sylva promised the same party chairman and
many others the position of Deputy Governor and the party paid dearly for
“In his desperation for money to fund his ambition, Sylva sold out his
properties and borrowed monies. The people of the state were following and
knew that instead of the change promised by the party, an APC governor
under Sylva will loot the state blind again. They voted the party with the
“Now, 2019 is around the corner and Sylva has started talking. The party
has started fumbling again with parallel congresses and divisions. How
would such a party win in Bayelsa? APC under Sylva was built under deceit