The bickering training the defeat of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last Gubernatorial election of Bayelsa State and alleged bribery scandals and anti-party activities may have heightened, leading to the suspension of its candidate in that election, Chief Timipre Sylva.
Also suspended along Sylva over the weekend, are four other members of the party including Tonye Okio, the party’s Organising Secretary; Fortune Panebi, the publicity Secretary; one Edison Sogwe and Mr Joseph Fafi, the party’s Vice Chairman for the Bayelsa Central Senatorial zone.
Sylva was accused of receiving bribe from Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, who is the Minister of State for Agriculture, to secure his ministerial nomination.
It was learnt on good authority that the chairman of APC in Bayelsa, Timipa Tiwei Orunimighe and the secretary, Daniel Marlin announced the suspension of Sylva on Saturday, April 2 in Abuja.
“We have it on good record that Timipre Sylva, last week Tuesday precisely, paid a clandestine visit to one of the South-South Governors of the PDP; this is just one of the series of correspondences between them and we find it grossly unbecoming.
“Sylva’s antics betrays the present posture of Buhari’s regime, which has cardinal virtues of honesty, sincerity and transparency,” the party stated.
It also accused Sylva of corruption and said it tried to warn him to desist from his anti-party actions.
“We have tried on countless occasions to advise him on the dangers of his untoward behaviours, but each time we are faced with threats and insults.
“The party will not tolerate acts of Indiscipline from anyone no matter how highly placed the individual,” APC further stated.
But Timi Frank, who is the Deputy National Secretary of the party had said that APC should investigate the allegation of bribery brought upon Sylva and suspend him, if guilty.
“Today I am a very happy man because when I came out before the governorship election in Bayelsa to say that Timipre Sylva cannot do the job for the second time in Bayelsa State because he was not liked by the people.
“I also said then that he was very unpopular at that time but nobody took me seriously, including the leadership of the party in Bayelsa State.
“But today, I am happy and I am thanking God that he has shown Nigerians what I knew then.
“It is a total disgrace if our party cannot act or investigate this allegation and just allow it to go under the carpet without taking action on it. Nigerians and the opposition party are waiting to see what we are going to do.
“I call on the state party executive to immediately suspend the former governor from the party, while we should go into investigation because if they don’t suspend him, he is going to stall the investigation.” he had said:
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