NEDU MARK, YENAGOA
Ahead of the 2016 governorship election in Bayelsa state, the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in the State has expelled the former acting governor of the state Nestor Binabo and President Goodluck Jonathan’s aide on domestic affairs, Waripamowei Dadufa and seven others from the party over anti-party activities in the last general elections.
Dudufa until his expulsion from the party was the Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs and hailed from Kolukoma/ Opokuma local government area of the state.
The party’s decision to expel the individuals was contained in a statement presented to media men by the acting chairman of the party in the state, Chief Serena Dokubo Spiff at its secretariat in Yenagoa, the state capital.
The statement listed the following personalities as those expelled Senator Nimi Barigha-Amange, Mr. Nestor Binabo, Chief Werinipre Seibarugu, Mr. Waripamowei Dudafa and Mr. Chamberlain Kren Ikidi.
Others in the expulsion list include Mr. Osomkime Blankson, Mr. Emmanuel Okponipre, Mr. Ebikapade Dibiya and Joyce Fouyowei.
The statement reads, “the decision for the expulsion of the members, followed a unanimous voice vote by members of the state executive committee, after deliberations on the report submitted by the chairman of the PDP disciplinary committee set up on the 19th of April to investigate the conduct of members of the party in the last electoral outing.”
It also noted that some of the members, who are in the National Assembly or holding appointments at the national level would be referred to the national executive of the PDP for further disciplinary measures in line with the provisions of the party’s constitution.
The statement listed former chairman of the party, retired Colonel Sam Inokoba, Senator Emmanuel Paulker, as those to be referred to the national body for disciplinary action while Fiebai Gbeinbo has been suspended for three months.
Chief Dokubo-Spiff also announced that, Mr. Leghemo Kaiser and Mr. Denyabofa Dimaro are to render apology to the leadership of the PDP, while Dr. Godson Omubo-Dede and Mr. Dan Omubo-Dede were reprimanded.
Hear Spiff, “The State Working Committee met after receiving the report and deliberated on it and the State Executive Committee took a unanimous voice vote based on the gravity of the offences and the respective attitudes of the affected members. Some were expelled, others suspended while a few others were reprimanded and exonerated.
“It is important to note that, the committee acted responsibly following the tenets of due process. The committee amply publicized the activities and invitations to the affected persons requesting them to come and state their own side of the story. Some turned up and others were defiant and continued to treat our party with contempt. As a result certain members were expelled from the party.”
The statement, however, said, a contact and reconciliation committee has been set up to look into the grievances of members and reconcile them back to the PDP fold.
Earlier in his remarks, Governor Seriake Dickson stressed that, if indiscipline and disloyalty were not checked among party members, it would affect the party’s survival, pointing out that the situation whereby PDP members campaigned openly for candidates of other political platforms while benefiting from the PDP will no longer be condoned.
Dickson berated members who worked against the party’s interest with impunity in the last elections and called for unity among members and lauded the acting chairman and the party for its efforts at instilling discipline and respect for constituted authority.
“You cannot have a situation where party leaders will sponsor candidates on the platform of other political parties to contest for political power and space against our party. And they do so with impunity, campaign openly while they are PDP members benefiting from the platform provided by our party. This can no longer be tolerated.
“This is a PDP state, but our party’s strength will wane if we do not maintain party discipline. We cannot tolerate a situation where a few people consider themselves above the party and do things with impunity without regard for the authority of the leadership of the party just because they are in one leadership position or the other which by the way were positions they got through the instrumentality of the PDP.
Dickson further said:“Let me stress that party discipline does not mean that members are not free to aspire to elective offices or other positions of political leadership.
” What it means is that, at the end of the primary elections, party members must conform to the decisions of the party. That is the only way a political organization can call itself a political party.”