The members, operating under a group named ‘Third Force’, accused Orunimighe of highhandedness, saying he was autocratic, disrespectful and divisive.
They also accused the party chairman of spending N7.2m earmarked for inauguration of the state executive council without the approval of the exco members.
The APC members, led by Michael Oyanimighan contended that Orunimighe’s leadership was creating division in the party.
A member of the group, who spoke to our correspondent in Yenagoa, said, “Tiwe Orunimighe is highhanded, autocratic and disrespectful. His actions have succeeded in dividing the APC family in Bayelsa State.
“Also, the APC state chairman vehemently refused to swear in the
party’s senatorial vice chairman- elect for Bayelsa Central, Mr.
Joseph Fafi. In his stead, one Falla was sworn in. This action is
unacceptable and undemocratic. It is against the provisions of the
“Article 21 (11) of the constitution specifically states that anybody
that tampers with delegate list, election result, nomination of party
officers will be expelled and prosecuted.”
The member also accused Orunimighe of shutting down the state’s
secretariat, saying the action was taken without recourse to staff
and party members.
But Orunimighe, when contacted, said his critics were “ingrates
and black legs of the APC in Bayelsa.”
He said, “Apart from former Governor Timipre Sylva that has given
us money, I spent my own money for so many things. Where is the
highhandedness coming from? All things done in that party are
done according to national directives.
“They are miscreants who want to spoil a purposeful and alternative party for Bayelsans. We have suffered lack of purposeful leadership because of the Peoples Democratic Party monopoly. Look at the so-called members, what are their political antecedents and integrity? They are politicians who think they will take the party to pay their rents and feed themselves.”
Secretary of APC in Bayelsa, Mr. Marlin Daniel, said the aggrieved
members were renegades, who were uncomfortable that they could
not manipulate the leadership of the party.