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Bayelsa PDP Expels Nine Jonathan Loyalists

Posted: May 27, 2015 at 5:08 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa

Nine members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State, including loyalists of President Goodluck Jonathan, have been expelled from the party over anti-party activities in the last general elections.

Among those expelled are Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Domestic Matters, Waripamowei Dudafa; former deputy governor and state coordinator of Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), Werinipre Seibarugu; former acting governor and deputy speaker of the House of Assembly, Nestor Binabo; Nimi Barigha-Amange and Chamberlain Ikidi.

Others are Osomkime Blankson, Emmanuel Okponipre, Ebikapade Dibiya and Joyce Fouyowei.

Their expulsion was announced through a statement signed by Governor Seriake Dickson’s Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, on Wednesday in Yenagoa, the state capital.

The statement explained that the decision to expel them followed a unanimous voice vote by members of the state executive committee after they deliberated on the report submitted by the Cleopas Moses-led disciplinary committee set up by the party on April 19 to investigate the conduct of members in the last elections.

It noted that some members, who are in the National Assembly or holding appointments at the national level, would be referred to the national body of the PDP for further disciplinary measures, in line with the provisions of the party’s constitution.

The party members include the immediate past state chapter chairman of the party, Sam Inokoba, and re-elected senator, Emmanuel Paulker, representing Bayelsa Central.

The PDP also suspended Fiebai Gbeinbo for three months and ordered  Leghemo Kaiser and Deinyebofa  Dimaro  to tender an apology to the state leadership of the PDP, while Godson Omubo-Dede and  Dan Omubo-Dede were reprimanded.

Dickson, the statement said, berated the members who worked against the party’s interest with impunity in the last elections.  He insisted that if indiscipline and disloyalty were not checked among party members it would affect the party’s survival. He said a situation whereby PDP members campaign openly for candidates of other political platforms while benefiting from the PDP would no longer be condoned.

“We cannot have a situation where party leaders will sponsor candidates on the platform of other political parties to contest for political power and space against our party. And they do so with impunity, campaign openly while they are PDP members benefiting from the platform provided by our party. This can no longer be tolerated.

“This is a PDP state but our party’s strength will wane if we do not maintain party discipline. We cannot tolerate a situation where a few people consider themselves above the party and do things with impunity without regard for the authority of the leadership of the party just because they are in one leadership position or the other, which, by the way, were positions they got through the instrumentality of the PDP.

“Let me stress that party discipline does not mean that members are not free to aspire to elective offices or other positions of political leadership. What it means is that, at the end of the primary elections, party members must conform to the decisions of the party. That is the only way a political organisation can call itself a political party,” Dickson said.