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Bayelsa APC Crisis: Suspended Chieftain Seeks Leaders’ Intervention

Posted: Jun 18, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma  / Yenagoa


One of the suspended chieftains of the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State, Godwin Sidi, has appealed to the national secretariat of the APC to immediately wade into the crisis tearing the state chapter of the party apart.

He made the appeal in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Wednesday.

Sidi was suspended on Monday alongside Fred Akamu, Rosemary Okeazi, Livinus Opratapu, Harrow Zuokumo, Enoch Koripamo and Christopher Abariowei.

Two others, Perekeme Kpodoh and Sunday Frank-Oputu, were also expelled from the party.

State secretary of APC, Daniel Marlin, who announced their punishment at a press conference in Yenagoa, accused them of engaging in anti-party activities.

Sidi, a former interim secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) in the state, said the national leaders of the APC should intervene in the imbroglio to save the party from disintegration ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

Describing his suspension as unconstitutional, he claimed that Daniel Marlin was no longer the party’s secretary as at the day he announced the sanctions.

He said Marlin had resigned his position to contest in the state Houses of Assembly during the last general elections and that he had since then ceased to be the party’s secretary.

“I find it expedient to react to the said suspension, reason being that the person who made the announcement, Mr. Marlin Daniel, does not have the capacity to do so because he is no longer the secretary of our great party, APC.

“You may recall that the so-called Marlin Daniel resigned as the state secretary to contest the just concluded House of Assembly elections and as such he is no longer the secretary.

“If by any means he is parading himself as one, he should be regarded as an impostor and the public should disregard him. There is no truth in the suspension and it is baseless and does not hold water.

“I am therefore calling on the South-South Vice Chairman and national leadership of our great party to intervene in order to strengthen the state structure. Their intervention will also avert disintegration ahead of the coming governorship election in the state”, he said.

The APC stalwart alleged that the idea of the suspension was to subvert the attention of members of the APC and the public of gross misconduct, abuse of office by the state Chairman, Tiwei Orunimighe and his cronies.