The Bayelsa State capital, Yenagoa is now wearing a new look with the opening of the All Progressive Congress (APC) State Secretariat at Etegwe. Golden Pen gathered that members of the new party have had secret meetings in Abuja and Port Harcourt to perfect strategies so as to move into the Local Government and the Ward levels as soon as the State Chapter is inaugurated.
Our source said that there were threats of stopping the new party from matching the soil of Bayelsa, in view of the fact that the Presidend, Dr. Jonathan hails from the state, but maintained that opening a registered party in any part of the country is a constitutional matter, emphasizing that nobody's personal interest is above the constitution. Our source pointed out that there will be no genuine democracy without political parties and assured that INEC will not conduct election where political parties are none existent and where there is no level playing field for all registered political parties to freely operate.
The interim leader of the party, Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, State Chaiman and interim State Secretary, Mr. Godwin Sidi are said to be working hard to put up a befitting programme to inaugurate the party in the state
There are strong indications that some floating politicians and unemployed youths in the state are ready to take chances with the new party; either to take party positions or to go for other elective positions and other priviledges that may entle their membership.
Contrary to insinuations, Bayelsa is peaceful as usual with the Restoration government, everyone is going about his/her business without hindrance as at press time.