The Acting Chairman of the Labour Party in Bayelsa State, Eneyi Zidougha, has been sacked from office by stakeholders of the party.
Zidougha was removed from office during a state congress held at the party’s secretariat in Yenagoa on Thursday.
He was sacked following allegations bordering on misappropriation of party funds, anti-party activities, and arbitrary swopping of candidates for the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
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Ebi Sikpi, a former Vice Chairman of Labour Party for Bayelsa Central was immediately elected as new substantive state chairman of the party after a unanimous vote of no confidence was passed on Zidougha.
Addressing newsmen after the process, the Bayelsa Labour Party Assistant Secretary, Theophilus Taribo, explained that the meeting was properly convened and Zidougha’s removal was constitutional.
He said, “The congress followed due constitutional provision; the congress include the state executive members and local government council members. The composition of the congress was constitutional.”
The new chairman, Ebi Sikpi, thanked the stakeholders for considering him worthy and capable of serving and leading the LP ahead of the polls.
He promised to restore peace and unity in the party and address members’ grievances, stressing that the party had been repositioned for the tasks ahead.
Sikpi also pledged to work hard with LP officials, stakeholders, and supporters for the electoral victory of the party’s the presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and others contesting the elections on the platform of the party
“I have accepted to serve because we want the tensions to be doused, and I want the party to forge ahead. We will look at the issues members are aggrieved about and address them one after another.
“We will make sure the party is united for the election of our principal, Peter Obi. There is hope, light has come to the party in Bayelsa State,” he said.
Reacting, Zidougha insisted that he was still in charge of LP, and described his removal as unconstitutional and lacking in due process.
He said, “My purported removal is unconstitutional and did not follow due process. They did not get approval to hold any congress. Who called for the congress? I am still in charge.”
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