The crisis in the Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) seems to be getting worse following renewed threat by a faction loyal to a former Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, to sue the Chief Timipre Sylva-led faction.
A chieftain of the party loyal to the Lokpobiri faction, Hon. Sunday Frank-Oputu, in a statement said they are contemplating a suit against the leadership of the party for defying a valid court order against conducting the Ward, Local Government and State Congresses.
A Bayelsa High Court had restrained the APC from conducting the Ward, Local Government and State Congresses based on a suit filed by three aspirants of the party, in suit number YHC/107/2021 but the APC went ahead to conduct the congresses including that of the state on October 16, 2021, which produced Barr. Dennis Otiotio as the new state chairman.
Frank-Oputu, said the planned suit will seek sanctions against the party except the Appeal Committee cancels the outcome of the State Congress.
The APC chief has already written a petition dated October 18, 2021, calling on the party leadership to cancel the State Congress and conduct a more credible, free and fair congress.
In the petition to the Caretaker/Extra Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, he urged the party to cancel the State Congress, describing it as devoid of foundation due to the subsisting court order by the State High Court restraining the party.
Frank-Oputu, who is also an aspirant for the position of State Chairman, said the faction loyal to Chief Sylva displayed open disrespect to court order issued against the conduct of the ward, local government and State congresses.
”Since the ward and local government area congresses in Bayelsa were purportedly conducted on void footing, there is therefore no delegate anywhere in APC Bayelsa State to anticipate the conduct of the failed state congress of 16th October, 2021 which ought not to have taken place at all and therefore a nullity as same infracts the subsisting injunctive order of the court”, he said.