An All Progressives Congress chieftain in Bayelsa State, Festus Daumiebi has debunked alleged reports of sacking him from the party, stressing that he cannot be forced out of APC.
Daumiebi, in a statement made available to the press on Saturday, described plots by some politicians in his party to suspend him for no reason as an exercise in futility, noting that he remains a member of the party.
He disclosed that an intelligence report before him shows some members of his party, the APC in Abuja are orchestrating to induce his Southern Ijaw ward 12 executives to announce his illegal suspension from the party.
He said that he is being accused of secretly aligning with the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the November 11 gubernatorial election in the state.
The statement reads in part, “I, Bayelsa State Governorship Aspirant of the APC, 2023 and also the APC Senatorial Candidate for Bayelsa Central Senatorial District in the 2019 General Elections hereby make this press release.
“Intelligence report before me shows that some members of my party, the APC are in Abuja orchestrating to induce my Southern Ijaw ward 12 executives to announce my illegal suspension from the All Progressives Congress.
“The mischief makers and their co-conspirators after several failed fishing expeditions have resorted to concocting all sorts of fallacious, malicious, misleading and smear campaigns against me in order to find justification for their planned satanic suspension.
”My initial thought was not to dignify them with a response but on a second consideration, I am moved to make this statement on account of unsuspecting members of the public and to set the records straight.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I state categorically that the allegations which they are raising against me in certain quarters and planning to make public are not only spurious and fictitious, they are the product of the figment of the imagination of haters. I hereby challenge them to the strictest proof.
“It is on record that I am a founding and committed member of the APC who has worked assiduously for the growth of the Party in Bayelsa State and beyond.
”I have not in private or in the open communicated to anyone my intention to leave our great Party, the All Progressives Congress for any other party, however, described. I have also not conducted myself in breach of the constitution of the party.
” I therefore have no intentions whatsoever of leaving the party I have worked so hard to contribute to its pillars in Bayelsa State.
“Let it be known that I cannot also be forced out of the party by any individual or group of persons no matter how highly placed as the APC is a party founded on the principle of the rule of law and democratic ethos.
”The Bayelsa State APC has already suffered so many divisions. No well-meaning member of the party in the state should take any step that will further cause disaffection in the state chapter, especially as we draw closer to the November 11 gubernatorial elections.
”I am, therefore, advising all those behind the cheap blackmail and demonic agenda to desist forthwith as the plot will not only end up in futility but will be a chase after the wind.
”This is also to serve as notice to the national executive of the party that I, Barr. Festus Daumiebi Sunday and my teaming support base across the Bayelsa State are committed to the APC and we shall remain resolute to the ideals of the party”, he said.