The Bayelsa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Party-led Federal Government of sidelining the state in federal appointments.
The party also frowned on the way and manner the Federal Government had been managing the nation’s economy, claiming that the development was responsible for the inability of many states to meet their salary and other financial obligations to their workers.
Mr. Cleopas Moses, the state party chairman, on Wednesday cited the recent list sent to the Senate as ambassador-nominees, saying no Bayelsa indigene was on the list.
He said the development was a clear indication of the personal grudge the APC-led Federal Government had against the state.
Moses queried the action and reason behind the decision, wondering if Bayelsa State does not have any career diplomat eligible to become an ambassador.
He stated, “The Federal Government does not mean well for our state. Out of 47 ambassador-nominees, the government did not consider Bayelsa indigenes as good enough for one, even permanent secretary. Nothing has come to us.”
He recalled that Governor Seriake Dickson had raised similar issue recently when he received the Head of Service of the Federation, during which he decried the absence of a Bayelsan as permanent secretary in the federal civil service.
He called on the state APC to immediately apologise to Bayelsa people for its role in the lopsidedness, alleging that their self-serving agenda had landed the party in uncertainty as it could only boast now of a junior minister.
The PDP chair equally ?commended Bayelsans for the show of maturity and understanding towards the ongoing verification in the civil service.
Moses, who said the verification would curb payroll fraud, enjoined everyone to positively look forward to better days ahead and eschew attitudes inimical to the government’s efforts.