The All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa State has expelled two and suspended seven of its leaders for anti-party activities.
The two expelled members were former Chairman of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Perekeme Kpodo and a stalwart of the party, Mr. Sunday Oputu.
Those suspended were Mr. Godwin Sidi, Fred Akamu, Rosemary Okeazi, Chief Livinus Opratapu, Harrow Zuokumo, Enoch Koripamo, and Christopher Abariowei.
The Bayelsa APC Secretary, Mr. Marlin Daniel, who made the announcement at a press confeence on Monday said the duo of Kpodo and Oputu had since left the APC to join the opposition.
His words: “We want to make it clear that they are not members of the party. They have since been expelled. Kpodo was expelled when he allegedly said the APC was dead on arrival in the state.
“Oputu himself has not been part of the party. But we are surprised of recent that they have been calling party meetings, in what capacity, we do not know.
“We want to alert the members of the general public to know that they are not part of the APC in Bayelsa State and that nobody should deal with them in that respect. We are aware that the re-emergence of these people was sponsored by the PDP government of Seriake Dickson.
“These people have recruited others who are not APC members and have been holding meetings in Richard Kpodo’s hotel. Money is shared to them and this money is from the PDP government through Kpodo and his co-travellers.”
He said a five-man ad hoc disciplinary committee had been set up to investigate the activities of those suspended.