The Bayelsa state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has insisted that the leader of the party in the state and gubernatorial flag bearer in the last election, Chief Timipre Sylva is still under suspension.
In a terse statement issued in Abuja and signed by the party’s state chairman, Chief Timipa Orunimighe and secretary, Comrade Daniel Marlin, stated that the decision of the national working committee (NWC) of the party to declare the suspension null and void does not hold water.
“To set the records straight, there has been no such pronouncement or declaration, as the NWC has not sat on the matter to take any decision”, the statement said.
“The suspension of Chief Sylva therefore stands, pending the outcome of investigations. The public is hereby advised to disregard the said fabricated story and look forward to the outcome of investigations on the matter.”
In a related development, the APC National Vice Chairman, South-South zone, Prince Hilliard Eta has called for calm between the warring factions in the Bayelsa state chapter of the party describing the whole issue as “disheartening”.
Eta said he was displeased by the state of affairs of the party in Bayelsa even as he called on concerned parties to sheath their swords as a committee has been setup and directed to look into the immediate and remote causes of the rift with a view towards taking appropriate measures to reconciling the different interests.