Why APC suspended Timipre Sylva

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The crisis in Bayelsa State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, took a twist, yesterday, as the state executive of the party announced the suspension of a former governor of the state, Chief Timipre Sylva, from the party.

The state Chairman of the APC, Timipa Tiwei Orunimighe, and Secretary, Daniel Marlin, announced the decision of the party in a statement in Abuja.

“After due consultations with relevant stakeholders and elders in the state, the Bayelsa State Executive Committee, at an emergency meeting, today, took the painful but necessary decision to suspend our gubernatorial flag bearer in the 2015 elections, Chief Timipre Sylva, pending the investigation of the following cases brought against him:

“Anti-party activities. We have it on good record Timipre Sylva, last week Tuesday precisely, paid a visit to one of the South-South governors of the PDP; this is just one of the correspondences between them and we find it grossly unbecoming. This is in direct breach of Article 21, under ‘Offences’ in the party’s Constitution which states in Section 2, ‘Anti-Party activities or any conduct, which is likely to embarrass or have adverse effect on the party or bring the party into hatred, contempt, ridicule or disrepute is punishable.

“Attempts to form a parallel executive. This is in complete defiance of Article 21, under offences which states, factionalization or creating parallel party organs at any level’ is punishable”.

The party also announced the suspension of the senatorial vice chairman, Bayelsa Central, Joseph Fafi, Edison Sogwe, its Publicity Secretary, Panebi Fortune and Organizing Secretary, Tonye Okio.

The statement accused them of conniving with Sylva in an attempt to destabilize its structure and publishing an illegal statement on behalf of the party.