Hon. Amgbare, who was the flag bearer of the defunct Action Congress, AC, during the 2007 gubernatorial poll in the state, whose suit led to the annulment of former Governor Timipre Sylva’s election by the Appeal Court sitting in Rivers State, while speaking on Sunday said the decision to return to the APC was due the inability of Governor Dickson to allow him interpret the progressive and pragmatic development vision in the state transport sector.
Amgbare, who described the decision to move back to the APC as a personal decision, dismissed the claim that he may not find sound footing within the APC due to past relationship with Chief Sylva and his relationship with Alamieyeiseigha.
He said: “I am convinced that the APC is where my political future is in Bayelsa. Alamieyeiseigha took me to defunct AC and left me there. It is time a father does his own thing and the son does what is right for his political future.”
On his relationship with Sylva following his role in the 2007 election petition that led to the annulment of Sylva’s election, Hon. Amgbare said the relationship with Sylva is cordial and filled with mutual respect, adding: “I recognise him as the leader of the APC in Bayelsa and he should also recognise that the role I played during the events that led to the annulment of his election was due to party loyalty.
“Sylva was also loyal to the APC that was why he joined forces with the progressives and sack the administration of Goodluck Jonathan. My party at that time, the AC used the various election petitions, including mine against Sylva, as a test case to prove that the former Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, boss, Muarice Iwu, was not fit to head the commission. It was those court decisions, including the annulment of Sylva’s election that led to the removal of Iwu and the coming of Professor Attahiru Jega.