-APC Bayelsa chairman expelled along with two others
-Three APC members expelled on the grounds of anti-party activities
The National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has banished the Bayelsa State Chairman of the party, Chief Tiwei Orunimighe, his deputy, Eddy Julius, and the state Secretary, Marlin Daniel, from the party.
The expulsion came in the midst of a protracted crisis between factions loyal to the party leader and former governor of the state, Chief Timipre Sylva and that of Orunimighe.
In a letter signed by the General Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, the APC national headquarters, disclosed that the party’s NEC sustains the August 3, 2017 recommendation of the National Working Committee for Orunimighe and the others to be suspended and expelled over anti-party activities, PUNCH reported.
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The expulsion letter dated August 4, 2017 with reference number APC/NDQ/552/31/017/002, also ordered Orunimighe to hand over the party property in his possession to the party’s vice-chairman of the Bayelsa State Central Senatorial District.
The letter, titled, ‘Expulsion from the Party’, read:
“On behalf of the National Executive Committee of our party, the All Progressives Congress, the National Working Committee at its 23rd regular meeting of Thursday, August 3, 2017, adopted the recommendation of the APC South-South Zonal Executive Committee which deliberated on the report of the Disciplinary Committee that investigated your (Orunimighe’s) anti-party activities in Bayelsa State to the effect that you be suspended and ultimately expelled from the party.
“Consequently, subject to ratification, you are to step aside immediately by way of suspension from the office of the Chairman of Bayelsa State chapter of the APC.
“As a consequence of the above, you are to hand over all party property in your possession to the Zonal Vice-Chairman, Bayelsa Central Senatorial District with immediate effect, while the National Vice-Chairman, South-South, shall coordinate the state chapter of the party.’’
Responding to the occurrence on Sunday, the Elders and Political Leaders of the APC in Bayelsa have expressed reasons for the deployment of security operatives to the party’s secretariat following the suspension and expulsion of the three principal officers of the party.
Defending the deployment, they said security operatives were immediately positioned at APC secretariat by the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services to maintain peace among the contending factions while awaiting an official letter from the National Headquarters of the Party.
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