The Bayelsa State Chapter of the Labour Party has explain why the acting state party chairman, Eneyi Zidougha, was removed from office by stakeholders of the party.
Zidougha was sacked over allegations bordering on misappropriation of party funds, anti-party activities, and arbitrary swapping of candidates for the forthcoming 2023 general elections during a state congress held at the Bayelsa State party secretariat in Yenagoa on Thursday.
A former vice chairman of the LP in Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, Ebi Sikpi, was elected as the substantive state chairman of the party after a unanimous vote of no confidence in Zidougha was passed.
The state Assistant Secretary of LP, 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 includes 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.
Reacting, Zidougha insisted that he was still in charge of the party, and described his removal as unconstitutional.
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 congress? I am still in charge.”