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Bayelsa APC Crisis Was Expected, Says Dickson’s Former Aide

Governor Seriake Dickson’s former Senior Special Assistant on Inter-Party Affairs, Ebikibina Miriki, has asserted that the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Bayelsa State was expected.

He made the assertion at the weekend while speaking with newsmen in Yenagoa, the state capital.

Bayelsa APC is currently enmeshed in a controversy over allegations by the chairman, Tiwei Orunimighe, that the leader of the party and former governor of the state, Timipre Sylva, was selling chances of federal appointments meant for the state.

But Miriki said that the political quarrel in the APC fold did not take keen political watchers by surprise because it was predicted.

He said that the shoddy manner members of the party were assembled ahead of the 5 December 2015 governorship election was an indication that things would falling apart sooner than later in the party.

Miriki, a former chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Party (CNPP), said that the APC had lured some of its members with money and promises of appointments before and during the poll.

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He described the APC as an unpopular party, stressing that it lacked the political presence, integrity and quality leadership and followership to carry out meaningful opposition in Bayelsa.

He observed that the failure of the party’s leadership to practice equity and transparency was destroying the party.

“The crisis rocking the APC in the state is expected. For a party that has its affairs in Abuja, all key officers are not seen in the state but reside in Abuja, and the presence of the party in state is completely alienated from its members, then it was bound to be in disarray.

“The crisis caused by greed, alleged corruption, bribery, mismanagement of party funds and suspension and it is a clear evidence that the APC lacks internal party democracy and discipline”, Miriki said.