The embattled chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bayelsa State chapter, Colonel Sam Inokoba (retd) has been asked to resign from his position with immediate effect.
Special Adviser to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Political Matters, Mr. Fyneman Wilson, who stated this at a news conference in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, on Friday, said many people misconstrued the decision arrived at, at the meeting with Board of Trustees (BoT) members where it was resolved that those suspended and expelled, but yet to defect to other parties, were pardoned.
He said that the decision did not affect Inokoba, whose matter bordered on alleged embezzlement of party funds.
Present at the conference were the Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Talford Ongolo; Commissioner for Information, Esueme Dan-Kikile; his Works and Infrastructure counterpart, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor, among others.
Wilson claimed Inokoba was asked by the BoT members led by its acting chairman, Mohammed Bello, at a meeting presided over by former President Goodluck Jonathan, to step down as chairman because of alleged misappropriation of funds meant for the presidential campaign.
He said with the decision by the BoT, Inokoba had seized to be the chairman of the party, saying the mantle of who will conduct the party’s primaries fell on the acting chairman, Chief Serena Dokubo-Spiff.
“I was at the meeting where the BoT members, former President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Amalate Turner and others asked Inokoba to resign.
“Their coming was at the instance of Governor Seriake Dickson and from President Jonathan. We had issues and because of those issues some people were suspended and expelled. Some of them played serious anti-party politics.
“We went into elections and some members of our party had to sponsor candidates in other parties. They were subjected to the disciplinary committee and the result was that some of them were suspended while some were asked to go.
“But the issue of the former chairman is a different case. It was purely based on misappropriation of funds. Funds that were sent to the party to assist the declaration of the presidential campaign in Bayelsa, he pocketed them. That was why the party went that far to suspend him and transfer all the documents to the national for them to take action because they have the final say,” he stated.
“The decision of BoT that came, Inokoba was asked to resign, he cannot go back to the party. We have only one Acting Chairman who will conduct the party’s primaries and that is Dokubo-Spiff.”