The Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), under the aegis of Concerned Bayelsa State Indigenes, on Tuesday, stormed the National Assembly (NASS) in Abuja, over alleged exclusion of the state in ambassadorial and permanent secretaries’ appointments by the Federal Government.
The aggrieved protesters, who defied the heavy showers, said the state was being marginalised despite its support for the President, Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 campaigns.
Mr Bodi Arerebo, an APC chieftain, who led the protest, in Abuja, maintained that the current administration appointed federal permanent secretaries from each of the states of the federation, but noted that Bayelsa State was excluded for reasons, he said, were unknown.
Also, he pointed out that in the current list of career ambassadorial nominees from the Presidency to Senate for confirmation, the state was also excluded.
“President Buhari does not consider Bayelsa State in all his appointments into ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the past.”
“He should please include Bayelsa people in the scheme of things in the country. It is important for the president to know that Bayelsans also have his supporters,” he added.
While pressing home their demands, he urged the Federal Government to consider appointment of Bayelsans as permanent secretary, ambassadorial nominees and to also consider FG appointments for his supporters in the state.