Former Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, and the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, on Friday, attributed the expulsion of the former Bayelsa State chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and two others, to the need to rid the party of moles.
According to Sylva and Lokpobiri, Orunimighe, the Deputy Chairman, Hon. Eddy Julius and the Secretary, Malin Daniel, were expelled for allegedly trading with the APC and serving as mole for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson.
Sylva, who is the state leader of the APC in the state, told the crowd of party supporters at the State Party secretariat in Yenagoa, that the three were trading with the party name.
He said: ”Let me apologize to the APC members that for a long time, the party was stagnant in Bayelsa and nothing was happening. It was because of a chairman who was trading with the APC.
“This is a man you all know how we brought him up from nothing. From nothing, we made him a council chairman. From nothing, we made him a Party Chairman. When the Acting President visited Bayelsa during the peace tour, Governor Dickson said the APC and PDP were working together. The working he was talking about is in the minds of the expelled Chairman and the Governor.
“We gave him time so as to allow him change his ways but he refused. He kept moving deeper into the mud. He is no longer an issue. No one should talk about him again because he is no longer an issue. This is our party and our state. We all want what is good for the people. The ship of APC is moving and we cannot take it backward.”
He described as laughable claims that he and other APC leaders were mere “Abuja politicians” and not grounded in the politics of the state.
“We are here and we are not Abuja politicians. We are grounded and we climbed from home to Abuja. Nobody can call us Abuja politicians.”
“From today onward, we will continue to be with the members of our party regularly”.
Senator Lokpobiri said that those expelled were PDP members hiding in the APC who had now been exposed:
“The three people that were suspended and expelled were exposed as moles,” he said, adding: “All the party did was to follow the constitution of the APC. And the APC is a party that abides by the rule of law. The bad days are over. And I have consulted with our party leader and the members will enjoy our presence more as from now onward.”
The Lawmaker representing Brass 1 under the platform of the APC, Hon. Isreal Sunny Igoli, said: “Our party has been stagnant for a long time because of bad leadership over the years. A few minutes ago, they tried to distract us but we can’t be deterred, all what they are doing is making us stronger, and stronger”