A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Bayelsa state, Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, has lambasted the former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, over his alleged award and construction of three Green Field refineries in the state, Lagos and Kogi states during his tenure without visible sites of work being done.
According to Kpodoh, though the new revelation is a confirmation to his earlier calls that the former President Goodluck Jonathan and his business partners be dragged before a competent court, the decision of the past administration to award and not build a refinery in the three states, particularly Bayelsa, was wicked and criminal.
Chief Kpodoh, a former security adviser to the Bayelsa state government, in a statement issued in Yenagoa via email, stated that the alleged refusal of the last administration under the former president is a confirmation of his disdain to the people of Bayelsa where he hails from, noting: “It shows that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan dislike his people. Inspite of his failures, the people stood by him for six years but he paid them back with malice.”
Kpodoh noted that the former administration’s failure to build the greenfield refinery, the East West road, the Brass Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), the Brass Fertiliser company and many others, ” the Former president, who has shown his people wickedness is now plotting to install his stooge as governor in 2020. Enough is enough. Bayelsa people have rejected him and his plot will fail.
“If these projects had been built many of our youths would have been gainfully employed. Jonathan deliberately left these projects unfulfilled to cause disaffection for the incumbent president of the APC. Our eyes are opened now and we know the level of his dislike for the region.
“It is also fact that Jonathan,as Bayelsa Governor, rejected the proposal to build a new Bayelsa town. This is another height of disdain for the state and the people.”
” As a people, whether APC or PDP, we have concluded that the governorship race will be determined by the people of the state and not by some wicked anti-democratic forces led by a failed politician like Goodluck Jonathan.
“That is the same way he awarded road projects to cronies without visible jobs done in Ogbia and other parts of Bayelsa. The electricity partnership between Bayelsa and local content board would have been done to give his kinsmen electricity but he failed to act.”
Kpodo called on the presidency and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to instigate detailed investigation and prosecution of the former president and his associates involved in the fraudulent award of the building of the three greenfield refineries.
It would be recalled that the administration of Goodluck Jonathan awarded the contract for the building of the three greenfield refineries at $23billion.
The contract was awarded to the Chinese under Public Private Partnership. One was to be located in Bayelsa, one in Lagos and the other in Kogi state. The Chinese came back and told him they were going to contribute about 80 percent of the three greenfield refineries.