Bayelsa lawmaker seeks recall of state’s NDDC nominee

OrderPaperToday- Israel Sunny- Goli (APC, Brass Constituency 1) in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly has protested the nomination of Professor Nelson Brambaifa as the state’s representative on the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

In an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, dated September 1, 2016, Sunny-Goli said Brambaifa’s selection was against the views of APC’s stakeholders, since it resulted to the relegation of two of the three senatorial districts of Bayelsa State.

According to the lawmaker, the APC stakeholders are unhappy that their choice and those of fellow lawmakers in the state, for appointment into the NDDC board did not make the final list announced recently by the Presidency.

He said the party had sent a nominee to the President through the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri.

Sunny-Goli accused Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, of masterminding the replacement of their nominee.

He also insisted that since Lokpobiri, who represents the state in the Federal Executive Council, is from Ekeremor Local Government Area, and the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, General Paul Boroh (rtd.) is from Sagbama Local Government Area, all in Bayelsa West Senatorial District, it would be unfair to give Brambaifa, who is from Sagbama Local Government Area, the NDDC board position.

He said Brambaifa’s appointment had grave political implications, stressing that the president should reverse the appointment and “do the right thing,” since the nominees have not yet been confirmed by the Senate.

Sunny-Goli appealed for the fair treatment of all those who supported APC during the last general election, despite all the odds stacked against them in the Peoples Democratic Party-governed state, where the immediate past President and PDP member, Goodluck Jonathan, also hails from.

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