• Only court can sack me –Embattled chieftain
By Lateef Ibrahim
Some protesters on Monday morning stormed the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), demanding the expulsion of former Managing Director on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), and governorship aspirant of the party in Bayelsa State, Timi Alaibe.
The protesters, who arrived the PDP national secretariat as early as 10am, carrying placards with various inscriptions, accused Alaibe of being a mole of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the PDP.
Alaibe, it will be recalled, had contested the Bayelsa state governorship ticket with Diri Duoye, who eventually won the ticket.
Alaibe, who suspected foul play during the primary that produced Duoye, had gone to court, insisting that he’s the rightful candidate.
Some of the placards carried by the protesters had inscriptions like; “Timi Alaibe is APC agent, Diri Duoye must stay; Bayelsa is for PDP, PDP must act now; PDP Act now, PDP beware of Timi Alaibe, Expel Timi Alaibe now”, submitted their protest letter to the party national leadership.
Addressing journalists shortly after the submission of their letter to party’s national leadership, the National President of PDP National Youth Rebirth Forum, Bonire Solomon, expressed concern over the ongoing litigation, calling on the party to take necessary actions before it is too late,
The letter entitled, “Bayelsa PDP Primary Ticket Crisis: Expel Timi Alaibe now to forestall a repeat of Kogi outcome,” was addressed to the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus.
Expressing concern over the ongoing court case instituted by Mr Alaibe against Governor Douye, the protesters said that the court case is a threat to the party.
Explaining the reasons why they believe that the court case is a threat to the party, Mr. Solomon said, “the ongoing court case, if not quickly handled and decisively too, has strong potential to derail the party in Bayelsa or, God forbids, can make the party lose out entirely if not settled immediately.
“That our great party, PDP is currently an opposition party in Nigeria, under a government that has propensity for intimidating the judiciary with clear past experiences for our party to learn from.
“We have received very credible report that Mr Timi Alaibe who cannot in anyway benefit from the current court case is all out to do the bidding of some external forces in order to undermine and destroy the control of Bayelsa by PDP.
“Your leadership should take a cue from what recently happened in Kogi where a party aspirant took the gubernatorial candidate to court and invalidated the candidacy of the party and rendered our efforts at the Kogi electoral tribunal useless, except the appeal court upturn the judgement of the High court, which will happen by the grace of God.
“It is upon this reality, Mr Chairman that we passionately appeal to the party to take necessary actions against the erring member before it is too late, we are here this morning to submit a protest letter that our party in Bayelsa may succeed, we are here this morning that voice of reasons may prevail before it is too late.”
Contacted for his reaction on the protest, Alaibe said he will keep quiet for now and allow the court to do its work.