By Ndu Samuel/Binebai Princewill
Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Delta South Senatorial district and former financial secretary of the state chapter, Hon. Ebiakpo Ezebiri has told the leadership of the party in the state that it lacks the locus standi to expel him from the party.
Ezebiri stated this while reacting to his purported expulsion from the party and sponsored campaign of calumny against his person and hard earned reputation by the Jones Erue led executive.
The Delta APC had on the 13th of December issued media release signed by its Directorate of communications and strategy in which it alleged that Ezibiri is no longer a member of the party, by virtue of his alleged expulsion in response to an earlier statement credited to Hon. Ezebiri, accusing prophet Jones Erue, chairman of APC in Delta State and national chairman of the party by destroying the party in the state.
In his reaction, Ezebiri disclosed that he is a founding member of the party and remains a member, saying that Jones has no power to suspend him or make him quit being a member of a party he suffered so much for, to found and bring to its present state.
While giving insight into his journey so far in politics and how he and others founded the APC in Delta State, he disclosed that his membership of the party dates back to 1998 when he was elected councillor in Burutu Legislative Arm on December 5th under the platform of the All Peoples Party APP, a position he occupied till 2002.
He noted that in, 2003 he ran for House of Assembly, ”then Prophet Jones has not come into politics, even as at then, I never sold my party, 2004 I later ran for chairman of Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State and Buhari was my presidential candidate ANPP, I followed Buhari to campaign round the country, and all these while Jones is nowhere to be found. 2007, I ran for house of assembly in my bid to represent the people of Burutu North, Delta State House of Assembly and Buhari was still my presidential candidate. 2011, I contested house of assembly election again to represents same constituency. ”
The chieftain also disclosed that in 2003, he was nominated as state welfare officer of ANPP under Benjamine Ogbalo as state chairman when Orubebe left.
Narrating how he became a founding member of APC in Delta State , he said, ”In 2015 ANPP, ACN, CPC and part of APGA merged to form the APC that people are talking about. The question is where were Jones all these while. APC in Delta was founded with my blood, sweat and resources inclusive together with few others. I single handedly registered APC members in Burutu, Bomadi and Patani local government areas in Delta State. ”
He revealed that Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, OON; Barr. Festus Keyamo SAN now minister, federal republic of Nigeria; Comr. Frank Kokori; Hon Ebiakpo Ezebiri; ,Hon. Temi Harriman; Late Sen. F. S Okpozo; Engr, Hyacent Enuwa. Prof. Pat Utomi as well as Late DIG Ugbaja paid the sacrifice and remains the signatories that birthed APC in Delta State.
”In 2015, I became pioneer financial secretary of the party to which Jones was chairman. Even as at then Jones did not have any residence in Delta State. Jones stays in Portharcourt which makes the party not to have much grip . ”
”In 2015, Jones was not even in the country when local government elections where held in the state, and till date he has not visited any Ijaw local government areas during elections”
”In 2016, shortly after the general elections, Prophet Jones as state chairman was seen collecting money grants from PDP, After loosing, unknown to any other member of the State Working Committee, SWC of the party, it remains a secret to all of us until Delta State Government published a list of all those that have been receiving grants from the PDP in Delta State that it came to our shocking realization that Jones has been collecting grants. Now who is really selling APC in Delta State.
”In 2019 general elections, Jones deliberately frustrated all avenues to reconcile all aggrieved members of the party at the state to ensure that APC does not win the elections because he is receiving grant from the PDP in Delta State. who is really playing anti party activities
”1999 till date, I have always been in the opposition and have politically fought all the leaders in my local government, I have results to show for it. Rather it is Jones that will leave the political terrain for me. I am a seasoned politician in Delta State.’
“When I realize as the state financial secretary of the party that our finances are not safe with Prophet Jones he has cloned the party’s bank account, i was not really comfortable hence i raised the alarm.
“As we speak, the case of cloning APC Bank account is lying on the desk of EFCC, only time shall tell when the Commision will act on it”
”Jones cannot suspend me owing to my political antecedents, I am a founding member of APC, he cannot suspend me. He does not have the moral justification to suspend me. Till date, I am still a leader of the party in Ijaw.” He insisted
Meanwhile, the seasoned politician noted that he was not expelled by his ward, local government and not even the national, a situation a said made him wonder, stressing that he is ever ready to face Jones via the media.