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PDP, not APC, killed my husband —Alamieyeseigha’s widow

MRS Margaret Alamieyeseigha, widow of the first civilian governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) betrayed and eventually killed her husband.

She said her husband sacrificed everything for the PDP to remain strong and united, but was neglected, leading to his untimely death.

Peeved over unkind treatment meted to her husband, Mrs Alamieyeseigha averred that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was not responsible for his demise.

The widow spoke in an interview at the memorial of Alamieyeseigha’s death, which took place recently at Amassoma, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

The sudden death of Alamieyeseigha on October 10, 2015 sparked controversies between the PDP and the APC, with the parties blaming each other.

Chief Alamieyeseigha died of complications arising from high blood pressure and diabetes at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Rivers State.

Accordingly, Mrs Alamieyeseigha blamed her husband’s untimely demise on PDP’s betrayal, conspiracy and Ijaw’s sell-out mentality.

She said the party that ruled Nigeria for 16 years masterminded the arrest of her husband while the Ijaw, whom the husband fought for, graciously handed him over to his killers.

“Today, I will say categorically that PDP killed my husband. APC didn’t kill my husband; APC didn’t arrest my husband. It was PDP that arrested my husband; it was PDP that locked up my husband, killed him and seized everything that belongs to him.”

She posited that if not for PDP’s humiliation and torment, her husband would have been alive.

The widow called on Ijaw people to quit all manner of betrayal so that progress would not continue to elude the zone.

Mrs Alamieyeseigha recalled that despite the betrayal, her husband’s immense contribution, steadfastness and solidarity won the last governorship election for PDP in Bayelsa State, even as she noted that she still belonged to the party but urged PDP to learn to help members.

She described her late husband as a man loved by his people, adding that though he was dead, his legacies lived on, while urging Ijaw people to immortalise him by realising the dreams and ideals that he stood for.