By Sampson Boroh
The Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended a former Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri and 12 other chieftains of the party for alleged anti-party activities.
Lokpobiri’s suspension was contained in a statement signed by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Doifie Ola Buokoribo, on Thursday.
It stated that the suspension of Lokpobiri and 12 others followed the recommendation of the fact finding and disciplinary committee inaugurated on 31st of July,2019 and in accordance with article 21(B) and (D) of the APC constitution 2014(as amended).
Also suspended is a former member of the President Buhari campaign Council, Engr.Preye Aganaba; APC State Deputy Chairman, Orubebe Ogeibiri; a former Member of the Federal House of Representative and the Director-General of the Lokpobiri Governorship campaign organization, Hon. Warman Ogoriba, a former member of the Board of Trustee of the Party, Hon.Perez Peretu.
Others are the former State Party Chairmanship aspirant, Hon. Sunday Frank-Oputu, a former House of Representative aspirant, Hon. Osom Blackson, Samuel Aredeh, Ebierein Falla Itubo, Pius Otia and a former Publicity Secretary of the Party, Hon. Fortune Panebi.
The statement said the State party chairman, Hon. Jothan Amos and the State Secretary, Hon. Alabo Martins led over twenty-seven signatories of the State Executive Committee of the Bayelsa chapter of the party to endorse the suspension and forward same to the National Vice Chairman of the Party,South-South,Chief Ntufam Hilliard Eta.
According to the Statement,” the committee objectively looked into the several allegations of anti-party activities leveled against them that ran contrary to the provision of the APC constitution, morally and good conscience which brought about great electoral misfortune for the party.”
“The action was to set clear signals to deviants masquerading in the party especially those working against its collective interest and aspirations. We however thank Bayelsans and its numerous supporters for keeping faith with the party and for the above solidarity during and after the November 16th, 2019 Governorship elections.”