Despite an existing court order, the All Progressive Congress (APC), in Bayelsa State on Saturday, September 4, joined other states of the federation to conduct its local government congress.
Chieftains and members of the party turned out enmass to participate in the congress which was monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Nigerdeltaconnect gathered that in some local government areas, the party officers emerged through consensus.
The party governorship candidate in the 2019 Governorship Election and South-South Vice Chairman of the APC Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Chief David Lyon, who monitored the exercise in Yenagoa Local Government Area and other parts of the state, commended the party faithful for their peaceful conduct during the exercise.
Addressing party faithful at the state party secretariat, Chief Lyon, who described the exercise as generally peaceful and credible, congratulated all elected officers of the party at the local government level and noted that APC remains the party to beat in the state.
Recall that a chieftain of the APC in the state, Hon. Sunday Frank-Oputu had said that by the virtue of the interlocutory order pending at the Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the APC has no right to conduct any congresses in Bayelsa.
Frank-Oputu, a former state chairman of the Conference for Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) said the interlocutory injunction subsists until the matter before the Appeal Court is heard.
He said: “For the fact that the interlocutory injunction subsists, nothing can be done until that injunction is vacated. When congresses are done, EXCOs of the Wards become automatic delegates that will vote Local Government EXCOs, and then the state EXCOs; that’s how it goes to the national.
“So, for the fact that there was no ward congress, there can be no LG congress because there are no ward delegates”.
The APC chief also blamed the internal wrangling in the APC on what he described as the leadership style of Chief Timipre Sylva, adding that the inability of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources to unite the APC family in the state led to the present political crisis.
He also vowed that the legal battle within the APC in the state would continue until justice was done.