The Bayelsa State Government has issued a quit notice to the All Progressives Congress to vacate their secreatriat located along Melford Okilo Expressway, Kpansia, Yenagoa, the state capital. Preye Ageda, the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary of Justice of the state, said the state government had acquired the building sometime in 2010 and had been using it as its guest house before the APC hijacked it and converted it to their secretariat.
“In 2010, the Bayelsa State Government acquired a property belonging to Chief Ipigansi Izagara along Melford Okilo Expressway, Kpansia, Yenagoa, as a Government Guest House.
“The assessment, valuation and discussions held before the acquisition of the property were handled by the Executive Secretary of the Capital City Development Authority, the then Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Opuala Charles, and a former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva.
“The property was duly paid for and the government took possession of the property as the owner and the keys were handed over to the state government by Chief Izagara.
“Thereafter, the property was rehabilitated by Gefesco Enterprises Nigeria Limited for a total sum of N43m and the final payment of N23m was made by the current administration after an initial payment of N20m by its predecessor.
“The government subsequently used the property as Presidential Campaign Office and after that, the property’s keys were handed over to Chief Diekivie Ikiogha, who was then the Chief of Staff to the Governor. It is to be noted that the said Chief Ikiogha defected to the APC without handing over the property’s keys to anyone,” he said at a news conference in Yenagoa.