The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State has wished its former state chairman, Tiwei Orunimighe, good luck. This followed his formal defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last weekend in Yenagoa.
The defection of Orunimighe and his followers had dragged on for a long time and the party had earlier alerted the general public that he was no longer a member of the party following his expulsion last year.
APC State Publicity Secretary, Doifie Ola in a statement made available to BusinessDay in Yenagoa on Wednesday, maintained that the former state chairman was expelled over a year ago for anti-party activities.
Ola stated that Orunimighe lacked decency and civility due to claims that he brought APC to the state and questioned his statement that the party lacked vision and has a violent disposition.
He also took on the former state chairman for what he described as lack of ethical orientation for disagreeing with state leader of the party and former governor, Timipre Sylva, who he said was the former’s principal, benefactor and political leader.
The statement read part: “What sort of civility and decency do we expect of a man who claims to have brought APC to Bayelsa State but turns around to say he left the party for “lack of mission and vision”? What manner of a man describes a party that he was once a chairman as having a “violent disposition”? What is the ethical orientation of a man that disagrees with his former principal, benefactor and political leader, and then turns around to abuse him in public?”
According to the party, Orunimighe and his band of renegades was expelled over a year ago for anti-party activities and the 98 leaders and 5,000 followers that defected with him maybe PDP members.
Ola stated that APC is neither a party of cultists nor people of violent disposition describing the party as made up of responsible, patriotic and peace loving people who are convinced that the state can be better than the level mass poverty, pain and hopelessness Governor Henry Seriake Dickson has reduced it to.
He referred to Orunimighe as “a political nobody until the leader of our party, Chief Timipre Sylva, picked him and made him Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government Council during his tour of duty as governor of Bayelsa. It was Sylva that also made him Chairman of our party. And Orunimighe today is claiming that Sylva is not a politician.”
While thanking Orunimighe for coming out to identify with PDP he had always belonged to, APC said it remained intact, United, strong and focused.