A Bayelsa State High Court sitting in Yenagoa has stopped the APC from conducting its ward congresses scheduled to hold on Saturday (today) across the state.
The presiding judge, Justice Iniekenimi Uzaka, issued the order on Friday pending the determination of a motion on notice before the court.
Uzaka adjourned the matter to August 9 for hearing.
The state chapter of the APC is polarised along two factions loyal to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, and a former Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri.
While the Sylva faction is chaired by Jothan Amos, the Lokpobiri’s group is headed by one Ebierien Fala Itubor.
Before the court gave the order, the two factions were busy preparing for the congress at their parallel secretariats near Baybridge Road junction and Dimrose Road, respectively, in Yenagoa.
Also, participation forms had been distributed to each ward at the two secretariats to be filled and submitted by candidates.
Both Itubor and the acting Secretary of Sylva’s camp, Alabo Martin claimed that their camps had the backing of the APC National Committee.
Martin had also claimed that stakeholders of the party met and adopted consensus option of affirmation to elect the ward executives.