By Eunice Nnachi, Yenagoa
Members of the Labour Party in Bayelsa State have suspended indefinitely the state chairman, Ineye Zidougha, and his executive committee due to their involvement in anti-party activities during the recently concluded state governorship election.
Following a unanimous decision by 6 out of the 8 Local Government Chairmen of the Labour Party and over 80 percent of the party’s ward chairmen in a Congress held in Yenagoa, the Chairman of the Labour Party Local Government Chairmen Forum, Hon. John Tobi, has been chosen as the acting chairman.
Expressing their discontent, Hon. John Tobi stated that the local government and ward chairmen took this drastic action against Zidougha and his executive for publicly endorsing the serving governor during the last election, despite the party having a competent governorship candidate; insisting the move was as an act of greed and a betrayal of the party’s principles.
The acting chairman, expressed dismay at Zidougha’s actions, accusing him of succumbing to bribery and working against the party’s chosen candidate, also emphasising that the vote of no confidence passed on the executive, stands, and the decision will be communicated to the National Leadership of the Party.
In his new role as chairman, Hon. Tobi pledged to unite all aggrieved parties under the Labour Party banner, as he assured members that he would be a servant-leader, making decisions through consultation with all members and stakeholders of the party.