By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Former senior aide to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Inter-Party Relations, Mr. Ebikibina Miriki, yesterday, said that the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state was self- inflicted.
Miriki, a former National Youth Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, attributed the current crisis in the state chapter of the APC to the unpopular way it was set up in the state.
He said though the party lured many of its members with cash and other political promises ahead of the December, 2015 governorship election, the lack of political presence and followership after the governorship election was expected to trigger crisis that would destroy the APC in the state.
Miriki, who also served as a former Chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, at an interactive session in Yenagoa, yesterday, said that the failure of the party leadership to sustain equity and transparency could spell doom for the party in the state.
He said: “The crisis rocking the APC in the state is expected. For a party that had its affair in Abuja and all key officers are not seen but reside in Abuja, the presence of the party in the state is completely alienated from its members.
“The lingering crisis which has now snowballed to counter accusation and denial of corruption, bribery, mismanagement of party funds and suspension, is unfortunate and a clear indication that the party lacks internal party democracy and discipline.”