AS governorship election draws closer in Bayelsa State come 2016, former Commissioner of Finance of the state, Hon. Stephen Ogullah, said the All Progressives Congress (APC) has commenced rescue mission of the people.
Ogullah made the statement during an interview with journalists in Abuja at the weekend.
As a commissioner who served under the administration of former governor of the state, Chief Timipre Sylva, said the people in the state were yearning for change as they groan under the burden of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led administration.
He also accused the Governor Seriake Dickson government of corruption and oppression of the fundamental human rights of Bayelsans, saying that the government has continued to extort money from the salary of civil servants, insecurity on the rise, and also mismanagement of public funds meant for the development of the state.
His words: “When the righteous rule the people rejoice, but the case is different in Bayelsa because the people are crying and the A ll Progressives Congress (APC) will bring a righteous person and the people of Bayelsa will rejoice.
“The state government cannot pay salary and resorts to extortion of money from civil servants unnecessarily and they are crying. This was not the case of the former governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, because under his government civil servants and contractors were paid their money, and he made sure civil servants were promoted as at when due.
“PDP is gone in Bayelsa State, the people are shouting PDP and Dickson must go. And nothing will stop APC to take over the helms of affair come 2016, and no amount of manipulation can stop this rescue mission and we are ready to salvage the people.
"If we don’t change this government now, Bayelsa State will be grounded,because the pattern and way Dickson is governing the people is undemocratic. He is using intimidation on the people.
“We need a change in Bayelsa State, and majority of Bayelsans believe that when APC finally takes over the government in 2016 the party will carry them along and they will have a sense of belonging which is absent right now in the state."
He also expressed optimism and maintained that the people will experience monumental change in every sector of the economy and their personal life.
“By the grace of God APC is taking over government in Bayelsa State and there will be a lot of changes with the massive support we are having at the moment, because we are a grassroots party,” Ogullah stated.