Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC has suspended of some of its chieftain, including the immediate Bayelsa APC governorship flag bearer and ex-governor Timipreye Sylva, Sunny Goli and three others from the party.
In a statement co-signed by Timipia Tiwei Orunimighe and Daniel Marlin, Bayelsa APC chairman and secretary respectively, the suspension was slammed on them as a result of anti-party activities, corruption allegations, an attempt to form a parallel executive as well as commercialization of public offices.
The state leadership alleged that the suspended members were involved in nocturnal meetings with members of the opposition party and were involved in some unholy alliance, which portends danger to APC.
It was alleged that Timipreye Sylva and Joseph Fafi paid a clandestine visit to one of the south south Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and have been engaged in several secret correspondences, which is in breach of the party’s constitution.
According to the statement, “After due consultations with relevant stake holders and elders in the state, the Bayelsa state executive committee at an emergency meeting today 1st of April, 2016 by 6pm took the painful but necessary decision to suspend our Guber flag bearer in the 2015 elections Chief Timipre Sylva pending the investigation of the following cases brought against him:
“1. Anti-party activities. We have it on good record that Timipre Sylva, last week Tuesday precisely, paid a clandestine visit to one of the south south Governors of the PDP, this is just one of the series of correspondences between them and we find it grossly unbecoming. This is in direct breach of Article 21, under ‘Offences’ in the party constitution, which states in section 2. ‘Anti-Party activities or any conduct, which is likely to embarrass or have adverse effect on the party or bring the party into hatred, contempt, ridicule or disrepute’ is punishable.
“2. Attempts to form a parallel executive. This is in complete defiance of Article 21, under offences, which states, ‘Fictionalization or creating parallel party organs at any level’ is punishable by the extremists of means.
“3. His antics betray the present posture of Buhari’s regime which has cardinal virtues of honesty, sincerity and transparency.
“4. Corruption, Indiscipline and Trading of political offices. We find it deeply embarrassing his relentless efforts to commercialize political offices. Worse still, is that, members of the opposition who vehemently stood against the change ideal and still do not believe in our party’s course are with him on the bargaining table. This is not in fidelity with the party’s constitution which states in Article 21, section 1, subsection 3 that ‘…Engaging in dishonest practices…’ are punishable by full stretch.
“5. For conniving with Timipre Sylva in an attempt to destabilize the party and publishing an illegal statement on behalf of the party, the following officers are also placed on indefinite suspension following a motion moved by the Senatorial Vice chairman East, Elder Alagoa and seconded by comrade Marlin Daniel. They are: 1. Senatorial vice chairman central, Mr. Joseph Fafi, 2. Mr. Edison Sogwe, 3. Mr. Panebi Fortune, Pub. Sec. and 4 Mr. Tonye Okio, the organizing secretary.
“We have tried on countless occasions to advise him on the dangers of his untoward behaviors, but each time we are faced with threats and insults. The party will not tolerate acts of Indiscipline from anyone no matter how highly placed the individual”.
The statement further urged the public to disregard the purported suspension of the State party chairman on the social media, adding that it is only an attempt by Sylva and his cohorts to distract the party from the facts on ground.
“Party members and the general public should disregard a letter circulating in the social media purporting to suspend key leaders of the party. It’s a classic case of an “APRIL FOOLS DAY” joke. Only the National Executive committee can suspend the chairman of the party on the recommendation of the Zonal (South South) executive committee. Article 21 d.
“Party members should also go about their lawful party activities as the state chairman has made adequate provision with the law enforcement agencies in the state to secure the party secretariat.
“To save the image of the party and restore confidence among members, the state executive committee hereby suspends Chief Timipre Sylva and his cronies pending the conclusion of investigation. The committee will be inaugurated next week to look into the various allegations, the statement said”
There were allegations in the public domain that ex-governor Timipreye sylva sold the Ministerial slot for Bayelsa State to a highest bidder, a matter that is still being investigated.