Bayelsa party chair’s suspension: Frank tackles APC
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has condemned the suspension of the Bayelsa State chairman of the party, Chief Tiwe Oruminighe, by the National Working Committee (NWC) for alleged anti-party activities.
Frank, in a statement yesterday, said the party leadership had committed “unforgivable error” against its constitution.
He said, “If there are allegations against state party chairman, it is expected of NWC to set up a panel of enquiry to investigate these allegations and give the chairman in question a fair hearing and not suspension like in this case.
“Like I have been saying, Nigerians will now see the excesses of the Chief Oyegunled NWC and how the supposed leaders are creating unnecessary crisis by taking sides practically in all state chapters of the federation,” he claimed.
The APC chieftain said this is not the best time for the party to suspend anybody but time to embark on genuine reconciliation, adding that “all that Chief Oyegun-led NWC has been doing was display of impunity.
“One will be forced to ask if Chief Oyegun has two party constitutions where he uses one for his own favour and the other against his perceived enemies?” he also stated.
There was confusion over the issue as two separate letters emanated over the punishment meted out to the offender as one of the correspondences stated that he was suspended, while the other said he had been expelled.
The letter signed by the National Secretary of the party, Mai Mala Buni, said the NWC took the action, following the recommendations of the APC South-South Zonal Executive Committee.
The division in the State Executive Committee (SEC) of the APC has split them into two factions with some loyal to former Governor Timipre Sylva.