- The APC in Bayelsa is carrying out a cleansing exercise within its fold
- The party says those who betrayed the Bayelsa APC in recent times have been suspended
- A former minister in President Muhammadu Buhari's government is one of those affected by the party's hammer
The Bayelsa state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended twelve of its chieftains alleging that they engaged in anti-party activities.
A former minister of state for agriculture and rural development and former governorship aspirant in the last election, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, is among those suspended.
Also on the list is a former governorship aspirant in the state and a former member of Buhari Campaign Council, Preye Aganaba, and state deputy chairman, Orubebe Ogeibiri.
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Others are the Director-General of the Lokpobiri Governorship Campaign Organization, Warman Ogoriba, a former member of the APC Board of Trustees, Perez Peretu, a former House of Representative aspirant, Osom Blackson and a former publicity secretary of the party in the state, Fortune Panebi.
Sunday Frank-Oputu, Samuel Aredeh, Ebierein Falla Itubo and Pius Otia were the others affected by the party's action.
All 27 members of the Bayelsa APC State Executive Committee endorsed and signed the suspension letter.
“The action was to set clear signals to deviants masquerading in the party especially those working against its collective interest and aspirations,” Doifie Ola Buokoribo, APC spokesman in the state said in a terse statement.
Meanwhile, the party has criticised the decision of Governor Douye Diri to take a bank loan of N2.9 billion for buying operational vehicles.
The APC described the decision by the governor, his deputy, and other top government functionaries to purchase the cars as “scandalous, unsympathetic and ungodly.”
According to the party, Diri was insensitive to the plights of the state civil servants because it came at a time civil servants and pensioners in the state have not been paid.
In a related development, the APC has warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to call its Bayelsa state spokesperson to order and stop fabricating lies against its leaders.
The APC also called on the security agencies to note the lies being peddling by Godspower Keku, who is the secretary of the Bayelsa state chapter of the PDP.
APC's deputy national publicity secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, said the caution becomes necessary because of some unguarded statements made by Keku recently.
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