The All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated that its Bayelsa State Chairman, Chief Tiwe Oruminighe, has been expelled from the party.
The party also confirmed the suspension of two other members of the State Working Committee (SWC), the Deputy Chairman of the party, Eddy Julius, and the Secretary, Marlin Daniel.
It was gathered that the party has dispatched letters of Oruminighe’s expulsion and the suspension letters of his Deputy and Secretary.
However, there was confusion as two separate letters containing conflicting punishments for the deposed Chairman emanated from the headquarters.
While the first letter said Oruminighe had been suspended, the second document said his punishment was outright expulsion.
In the second letter, dated August 4, and titled, “Expulsion from the Party”, APC said the decision against Oruminighe was reached at the 23rd regular meeting of its National Working Committee (NWC).
Signed by the National Secretary of the party, Mai Buni, the letter stated that the NWC took the action following the recommendations of the APC South-South Zonal Executive Committee.
“On behalf of the National Executive Committee of our party, All Progressives Congress, the National Working Committee at its 23rd regular meeting of Thursday, 3rd August 2017 adopted the recommendations of APC South-South Zonal Executive Committee,”the letter read.
“The committee deliberated on the report of the Disciplinary Committee that investigated your anti-party activities in Bayelsa State to the effect that you be suspended and ultimately from the party.
“As a consequence, you are to hand over all party property in your possession to the Zonal Vice-Chairman, Bayelsa Central Senatorial District with immediate effect while the National Vice-Chairman, South-South shall coordinate the state chapter of the party.”