Sylva’s loyalists, ex-ACN, ANPP leaders battle for control of APC in Bayelsa

Timipre Sylva

Mr. Sylva was a former Bayelsa governor.

By Arodiegwu Eziukwu

The loyalists of former Bayelsa State Governor, Timipre Sylva, and members of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) are currently engaged in a war of words over control of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Bayelsa.

Mr. Sylva and his supporters were among members of the ‘New PDP,’ a then faction of Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that decamped to the APC.

The ex-governor’s loyalists had on Monday named Richard Kpodo and former youth leader of the PDP, Godwin Sidi, as interim Chairman and Secretary of the APC respectively.

Mr. Kpodo, in a statement issued in Yenagoa as the Acting Chairman, pledged that the party would soon open its secretariat in the state capital.

He urged members of the PDP who still wished to join the APC to be patient.

The chairman said the party has proposed to retain the existing structure from the Bayelsa New PDP pending the conduct of a convention in the state to elect party executives.

Meanwhile, the All Nigerian People’s Party (ANPP) component of the APC in the State has put forward the names of its former vice chairman (South-South), Livinus Opuakpa, and former state chairman, Tuamo Abule, for the APC Chairmanship.

Also, the APC National Officer from Bayelsa, Miriki Ebikibina, and immediate past publicity secretary of the defunct ACN, Christopher Abarowei, dismissed moves by Mr. Sylva’s loyalists to control the APC in Bayelsa.

“They are arrogating to themselves the powers of the zonal leadership based on selfish and parochial interests,” Mr. Abarowei said.

“It is sad and unfortunate for some set of persons to arrogate to themselves the functions of the zonal leadership of the party headed by Chief Tom Ikimi.

“It is wwrong for anybody or group of persons to start parading themselves as Interim Leaders of APC in Bayelsa when a state harmonisation committee is awaiting inauguration by the Tom Ikimi-led Zonal leadership.

“I hereby advice our teeming supporters to see the antics of these persons as a figment of their imagination and await the proper constitution of an interim executive that will midwife the membership registration process and subsequently put in place all other structure of the Party in Bayelsa.

“We should not encourage avoidable conflict because of selfish and parochial interests.” Mr. Abarowei added.

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