Vanguard (Lagos)

31 January 2013

Nigeria: PDP Threatens to Sanction Three Bayelsa LG Chairmen

Bayelsa — The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has threatened to sanction the Chairmen of three local government areas of Bayelsa State for allegedly undermining the authority of the party.

The local government chairmen are those of Ekeremor, Sagbama and Kolokuma/Opokuma local government areas of the state.

Alleging that the affected chairmen refused to work with the leadership of the party and their respective councilors, the state PDP Chairman, Col. Sam Inokoba, while briefing newsmen in Yenagoa, said the party would invoke its constitution if they failed to retrace their steps.

He said: "Democracy at all levels of governance depended on regular consultations among the various arms of government and the major stakeholders. As we address you here today, the issue of appointment of vice chairmen which is supposed to be done in consultation with the leadership and stakeholders of the party has remained unattended to or unaddressed.

"This is because the chairmen have arrogated such powers to themselves and jettisoned democratic principles in their respective councils."

Inokoba, however, appealed to the three chairmen to retrace their steps, by doing the right thing and allow the hard earned peace being enjoyed as a partyc in the state to reign.

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