Bayelsa PDP expels Jonathan’s associates

Ahead of the gubernatorial elections coming up later this year, the Bayelsa State Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday went for broke and announced the expulsion of eight political associates of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Among those axed was the head of the Directorate for Research and Documentation of the Presidential campaign committee of the party in 2015, Senator Nimi Bariagh-Amange.
Also expelled were former Deputy Governor and State Coordinator of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), Hon. Werinipre Seibarugu; former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Nestor Binabo; and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Domestic Matters, Hon. Waripamowei Dudafagh. The others are Hon. Osom Blackson, the Personal Assistant to Senator Emmanuel Paulker, former Woman leader for the PDP, Apostle Joyce Fuyuowei and Chamberlin Ikedi.
The Acting Chairman of the PDP, HRH King Serena Dokubo-Spiff, while addressing members of the State Executive Committee after a closed-door meeting to deliberate and adopt the report of the disciplinary committee of the party, said they were expelled based on the gravity of the offences under anti-party activities and disrespectful attitude to the party in the State.
The State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, his Deputy, Rear Admiral John Jonah and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly were present at the meeting held at the state party secretariat.
According to Dokubo-Spiff, “the decision came after careful deliberation of the report and unanimous adoption through a voice vote. Some were expelled and others suspended. While some were reprimanded and others exonerated. The committee worked diligently and in accordance to the party constitution. Those invited by the disciplinary committee were adequately invited and great many turned up. But those expelled shunned the committee sitting.”
The Acting PDP Chairman, Serena Dokubo-Spiff, announced that the recommendations of the Committee on the suspended party chairman, Col. Sam Inokoba and the Senator Representing Bayelsa Central Senatorial district, Senator Emmanuel Paulker have been referred to the National Working Committee of the Party for action. “This was done on account of the constitutional provision on the positions held within the Party.”
Dokubo-Spiff also announced that a Contact and Reconciliation Committee had been set up by the leadership of the party to reach out to those genuinely aggrieved and bring them back into the fold of the Party. “The committee will reach out and bring them back into the family. The PDP is a responsible and responsive party. We cane on one hand and reprimand with the other. If they showed genuine remorse and turn from their bad ways, the PDP will embrace them.
“We are better not totally better but we have established the tenant of fair hearing. If it is one or two genuine party members that are left, we shall soldier on and victory shall be ours.”
Earlier in his submission to the State Executive Committee of the Party, the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, Cleopas Moses, said the committee invited a total number of 72 persons over alleged anti-Party activities. 33 persons appeared before the Committee, while 39 others shunned the invitation extended to them.
Governor Dickson, in his comment at the meeting, commended the members of the State Executive Committee of the Party for their quick response and decision on the disciplinary measures against the accused Party members.
He said: “I appreciate members for their clarion call on issue of discipline. This is a show of prompt response to call for loyalty and discipline in the PDP. We cannot allow Party leaders to sponsor opposition candidates against the choice of the Party during elections.
“”From now on, it will be issue of Party loyalty. We are going forward in doing the job. Party discipline does not mean they cannot aspire for offices. But when a candidate emerged after the primaries of the party, they must work for the choice of the Party.
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