Loyalists Of Expelled Bayelsa APC Chairman Protest
The party had on Friday expelled the party’s Chairman in the state, Tiwei Orunimighe, his deputy, Eddy Julius and the Secretary, Marlin Daniel over alleged anti-party activities.
The trio were expelled through a letter signed by the National General Secretary of the party, Mai Mala Buni.
Buni in the letter had claimed that the expulsion followed the August 3, 2017 recommendation by the National Working Committee and ratified by the National Executive Committee.
But the protesters described the expulsion of Orunimighe, his deputy, Eddy Julius and the Secretary, Marlin Daniel, as a product of ”misinformation”.
Among the notable members of the party, who spoke during the protest were a former Senatorial Vice-Chairman of the party, Chris Alagoa; a former leader of the party, Livinus Opuakpa; the Chairman of all the local governments chairmen, Phil Erepade and a chieftain of the party, Jephthah Iyekoroghe.
Iyekoroghe, who spoke on behalf of ward chairmen, said it is unfortunate that the party found themselves in such a situation, especially at a critical time when they should be preparing for 2019 and 2020.
He said, “There is need to join this vanguard to forestall this misinformation that is making the round. It is unfortunate that we find ourselves in this situation at this critical time when we should be preparing ourselves to win elections come 2019.
”Unfortunately, the national headquarters that has taken this decision to suspend our constitutionally elected Chairman, deputy and the chairman. If they have done so, they must have been misinformed deliberately by those who are seeking the soul of this party to see that they trade with it, destroy it so that we will go nowhere as far as APC elections are concerned in this state.