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Why Bayelsa APC Chairman, Deputy Were Axed

Posted: Jun 22, 2015 at 1:13 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa

THE crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State took a new twist at the weekend following the expulsion of the chairman, Tiwei  Oruinimghe and the deputy, Eddy Julius, over alleged anti-party activities.

The APC also expelled the former state secretary, Daniel Marlin, while it suspended the former chairman of Sagbama Local Government Council, Peres Peretu and another stalwart, Tokpo Coronation.

Their expulsion and suspension were contained in a document signed by the state APC Publicity Secretary, Teddy Edwin.

Last week, the party had expelled two chieftains, Perekeme Kpodoh and Sunday Frank-Oputu, accusing them of engaging in anti-party activities.

It also suspended seven others, including Godwin Sidi, Fred Akamu, Rosemary Okeazi, Livinus Opratapu, Harrow Zuokumo, Enoch Koripamo and Christopher Abariowei, for similar reasons.

But, Edwin explained that the punishment of the chairman, his deputy and others, followed resolutions reached by elected members of the APC in the state under the aegis of  “The Integrity Group” at a meeting they held at the party’s secretariat in Yenagoa.

“The state chairman, Timipa Orunimighe Tiwei, is hereby expelled as chairman for gross misconduct, abuse of office, high-handedness, arrogance and anti-activities”, he said.

He said Julius was expelled for “aiding and abetting anti-party activities”, while Marlin was expelled “for parading himself as the state secretary of APC after resigning his office to contest for a seat in the state House of Assembly in the last general elections”.

Edwin said Coronation was suspended alongside those who resigned their positions to also contest for seats in the state House of Assembly in the last elections but were still parading themselves as party officials.

He also explained that Peretu was suspended for accepting to preside over an illegal committee set up by Orunimighe, Julius and Marlin to sanction founding elders of APC in the state.

Edwin announced a chieftain of the party, Sidi Godwin, as acting chairman “to reposition the party strategically towards the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State”.

He further said a committee had been constituted to investigate the activities of the suspended members.