Saturday, 5 August 2017

Suspension of Party Chair: Bayelsa APC Secretariat Now Under Security Watch!

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The Aftermath pandemonium that triggers protest in All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state had assumed another dimension yesterday as armed security keep close  watch on the party secretariate. The security consist of police and men of Department of state security (DSS) took over the secretariat following suspension of the chairman of the party in the state known as chief Tiwei Orunimighe, his deputy Eddy Julius and martin Danlin

The party leadership sanctioned the deployment of armed security personnel to the secretariat over reports that armed militants were planning to invade the office over the suspension of the trio.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC had, following several petitions of alleged anti-party activities against the three officers, announced their suspension.
Urban express online learnt that the party secretariat, on Mbiama/Yenagoa road, the State capital, armed policemen and DSS personnel numbering over 15 were seen. Some members of the executive led by the acting Chairman, Joseph Fafi, the youth leader, Comrade Edison Sogwe and the acting Secretary, Alabo Martins‎ were in a meeting.
Investigations revealed that they were still locked in a meeting when ex-militant leader and loyalist of the suspended Chairman, Africa Ukpariasia also known as General Africa, stormed the secretariat with militants.
General Africa, who arrived at the barricaded party secretariat at 12.45pm was prevented from driving into the premises in his black coloured jeep. Africa, who was angry, threatened to chase the Sylva loyalists out of the secretariat, ‎saying “we will know who owns the party.”
Alabo Martins said they were at the secretariat to ascertain that the area  was calm and that there is no breach of peace and break down of law and order.
A member of the House of Assembly elected on the platform of the APC, Hon. Isreal Sunny Igoli, who arrived at the party secretariat also met members of the security team and addressed the party supporters.
He pleaded with members to remain calm and not allow the supporters of the suspended members to throw the party into crisis.

“The party has concluded the non-elective congress and the process is at the appeal stage. And the key stakeholders have met and affirmed the authenticity of the decision of the party at the state level. ‎

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