The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress, has stepped into the crisis rocking the Bayelsa state chapter of the party by nullifying suspensions carried out by the different factions in the state.
The party, on Monday, also ordered the status quo ante be maintained.
This directive was handed down by the National Vice Chairman (South-South) of the APC, Hilliard Eta, while also calling on all the warring factions to sheathe their swords and allow a committee set up by the zonal organ to examine the remote and immediate causes of the conflict and submit its report before further action.
Eta, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said: “The spate of suspensions, counter-suspensions and general disorganisations of the Bayelsa State chapter of our great party – the All Progressives Congress, is disheartening.
“That the state chapter could be on the warpath at a time that it should be cohesively charting ways to successfully prosecute the election petition tribunal case concerning the recently held gubernatorial election, in which Seriake Dickson supposedly won, is even more saddening.
“As the Chairman of the party in the zone, I am particularly miffed by the state of affairs in the Bayelsa APC and I publicly exhort the aggrieved parties to sheath their swords.
“Going by the provisions of Article 21 of the amended constitution of our party, the suspensions are null and void and done in bad faith. In the said article, our constitution lucidly outlines the steps to be diligently followed for a party member or executive to be suspended.”
According to Eta, going by the provisions of the party’s constitution, the suspension carried out in Bayelsa are null and void as far as the APC was concerned, calling on the all parties to the crisis to return to the status quo ante in the interest of the party.
He also disclosed that the zonal organ of the party has delegated a committee to investigate and make recommendations for appropriate action.
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