By Chuks Ekpeneru
A chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa has sympathised with former Governor-Elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon, blaming the party leadership for the situation.
Vatsa, in an interview said the party leadership failed in its responsibility.
According to the former Commissioner for Information and Culture, “The APC is the architect of its present predicaments if the truth must be told and the consequences must be dammed. You can only reap what you planted,”
Vatsa, a former publicity secretary of the party in the state said the party leadership should look inward and ask themselves fundamental questions rather than engaging in what he called “dictatorial comments” which are capable of causing a breakdown of law and order in the country.
“I strongly think that the party leadership should tell us who were the people that screened the deputy governor-elect, Biobarakuma Degi-Eriemienyo, to contest the election in the first place. Which paper did he present to the screening committee before he was cleared?
“Or didn’t he undergo screening before contesting the primary election of the party, the national leadership of the party owe us some explanations.
“Until the national leadership of our party answers these questions, the National Chairman should stop chasing shadows. You can’t plant yam and want to harvest cassava, it’s not possible.
“If the National Chairman is struggling to keep his job as the National Chairman of the party despite the huge crisis that has bedevilled the party under him, there is a better way to go about it.”
Vatsa said imposition of candidates caused crisis for the party in Rivers, Zamfara and now Bayelsa.
“The politics of godfatherism is almost consuming the party. The APC is becoming like Animal Farm where some animals are more equal than others, and this is not good for a party that came with the ‘change mantra’