There is confusion in the fold of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State over the ppreparation by the two factions of the party to conduct parralel ccongresses billed , Saturday to elect party executive into the 105 wards in the state.
A Bayelsa State High Court presided over by Enekinimi Uzaka has stopped the party from conducting the congresses pending the determination of the motion of notice before the court.
The court has adjourned the matter to the 9th of August for the hearing of the motion before it.
Before the court gave the order the two factions led by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva and that of a former Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri were busy at their two parallel secretariats preparing for the ward Congresses in the 105 wards of the state.
Niger Delta Herald’s visit to the APC secretariat at Bay Bridge, revealed that the participation forms had been distributed to each ward, to be filled by candidates and submitted to the secretariat.
The Acting Secretary of the Party, Alabo Martins told Niger Delta Herald that the party was ready for the conduct of the ward Congresses.
He further said that the party stakeholders in. the State met and agreed to adopt the concensus option of affirmation to elect the required 105 ward executives in the state,”it is peaceful and well organised process in our party”.
Also commenting, the Acting State Organising Secretary of the Party, Tari Emberru, dismissed the claim of purported confusion in the party ahead of tomorrow’s Congresses, “our Congress from ward, state and national is a family affair and it would be peaceful.”
Emberru also dismissed the claim of a faction in the Bayelsa APC, “there is no faction in APC in the state. The APC is united and indivisible with Jothan Amos as Acting Chairman, Alabo Martins as Acting Secretary and our leader and father is the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva.”
However at the parallel secretariat located at the Dimrose junction area of the State capital and presided over by a faction of the All Progressive Congress (APC) led by Hon. Ebierien Fala Itubor, the same processes of registration of 105 ward executives are confirmed to be done ahead of today’s Congress.
Niger Delta Herald gathered that the Hon. Ebierien Fala Itubor led faction of the APC also had the backing of the National Committee sent to preside over the ward Congress. But that the Hon. Ebierien Fala Itubor led executive have resolved to conduct election into the ward executive offices.