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APC Bayelsa crisis: ‘I only pushed him’ – Minority Leader, Dauyegha speaks on beating party chairman
The Minority Leader and the lawmaker representing Ekeremor Constituency 2, in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon. Wilson Ayakpo Dauyegha, has denied harassing, beating and mobbing the state party chairman, Hon. Jonah Amos.
The lawmaker also said he only pushed the chairman in form of defense when he noticed he (chairman) tried to force him to sign a document he wasn’t abreast of the content.
It was reported that the social media have been awash with the fisticuff video drama of the duo at the Port Harcourt Airport, in the presence of security personnel, on Thursday.
According to Dauyegha, after the failed stakeholders meeting in Yenagoa, the state capital, the chairman has been going around harassing people to sign the document for endorsement of the direct primaries mode of election.
“The chairman called me a night before the incident that he wanted to see me, I told him was in Port Harcourt but it was late, so he said since I was travelling tomorrow we’ll meet at the airport before departing for Abuja.”
“On reaching the airport, the party chairman, Jothan Amos told me to come into his car with military men and was coercing and pacifying me into signing a document and I openly refused. He also said ever since he made me minority leader I have been avoiding him. This is really sad and it’s a wrong precedence to begin the elections.
“I wasn’t even at the stakeholders meeting but I heard there wasn’t any tangible agreement, so why bring a document to force me to sign? That was why I jumped out of his car and pushed him to take defense,” he said.
“I tore the paper because while we were struggling in the car my pen drew a line, so I don’t want to be mentioned to have signed the document.
“It should be noted here that if a mode of election is to be chosen, it should be done the proper way with every member of the party agreeing and not coercing members secretly, which the party chairman has been doing since after the stake holders meeting.
“The party chairman has been going about forcing members of the party with military men to sign documents on the mode of the elections, which has raised an uproar and serious concern to major stakeholders.
“Since the outcome of the meeting was in stalemate, he would have allowed the major stakeholders meet and resolve issue before signing of documents.”
It was also gathered that the lawmaker in a protest letter called on the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, to intervene for the purpose of internal democracy within members of the party in the state, urging all concerned party chieftains and faithful to resist unconstitutional actions in the party.