As the crisis generated by the just concluded ward and state congresses continue to rock the All Progressives Congress (APC) across the states, Stakeholders of the party in Bayelsa State have distanced themselves from the parallel Congress held in the state.
The stakeholders who spoke during a courtesy visit to Chief John Oyegun, APC National chairman, Wednesday in Abuja, alleged that the parallel Congresses were the handiwork of former governor of the state Chief Diepreye Sylva and Minister of State for Agriculture, Hon. Heineken Lokpobiri.
Led by Hon. Nestor Ibinabo, the group accused the two party chieftains of flouting regulations of the party by conducting parallel Congresses in their private homes where they claim, names of persons of their choice were compiled as elected.
“We have come to confer with the party leadership. You are aware that ward, local government and state congresses were held. In Bayelsa the congresses conducted by the panel sent to the state held which produced Joseph Fafi, the incumbent chairman of the party in the state.
“Parallel Congresses we heard, were also held. And in a situation like this , as stakeholders we felt we should come and let the party know at the national level .
“For us we don’t of any factional chairman of APC in Bayelsa; we know of Fafi, it is only the Congress Fafi attended that is the authentic. We have not come to lay complain or address grievances. We have come to say that what the Congress committee did in Bayelsa State in respect of the ward, local government and state congresses was the right thing” stated Ibinabo.
The delegation had Amb Kenneth Oboro, Dr Stella Dogu, former House of representatives, House of Assembly members, APC chairmen of six out of the eight local government areas of Bayelsa.