Court Reinstates Sacked Bayelsa APC Chairman
The sacked Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State, Chief Tiwei Orunimighe, has been reinstated by the High Court of Bayelsa State, in the Sagbama Judicial Division, sitting in Yenagoa, the state capital.
The action of the court, to reinstate Orunimighe as the party chairman in the state has generated high tension within the party, and resulting in doubt of the APC’s congresses scheduled to hold in the state on Saturday.
Orunimighe and his deputy, Eddy Julius alongside Marlin Daniel, the state Secretary, had earlier been expelled by the National Executive Committee of the APC from the party, and appointed Mr. Joseph Fafi, as the acting Chairman.
The expulsion came in respect to the persistent crisis between factions loyal to the party leader and Chief Timipre Sylva, the former Governor of the state, and that of Orunimighe.
The APC national headquarters, had in a letter signed by the General Secretary, Mala Buni, said the party’s NEC upheld the August 3, 2017 recommendation of the National Working Committee for Orunimighe and the others to be suspended and expelled over alleged anti party activities.
The expulsion letter dated August 4, 2017, with reference number APC/NDQ/552/31/017/002, had also ordered the expelled Orunimighe to hand over the party property in his possession to the party’s Vice-Chairman of the State Central Senatorial District.
The letter which did not go down well with Orunimighe, who decided to sue the party to court, the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, challenging his removal.
The claimant on April 26, 2018, filed an ex parte motion, praying the court to issue an order directing the defendants to recognise and deal with him as the chairman of APC pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
Orunimighe also sought an order directing the defendants to accord him all the rights and privileges as the APC chairman as well as an order directing that nobody apart from him should exercise and perform the functions of the APC chairman in the state.