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Alaibe, Lokpobiri, 1, 500 others dump PDP for APC in Baylesa




The All Progressive Congress (APC) on Saturday received 1, 150 new members in Bayelsa ahead of the governorship election in the state slated for December 5, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that all the new members defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Among those that defected were Mr Wenirepe Seibarogu, a former Deputy Governor, Mr Sam Inokoba, former state PDP Chairman, and Mr Timi Alaibe, former Managing Director, NDDC.

Others include Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri and a former member of House of Representative, Mr Nadu Karibo.

Mr John Oyegun, APC’s National Chairman, who welcomed the new members at a rally in Yenagoa, commended them for their courage to dump the PDP and embrace change.

“Today’s mega rally in Bayelsa is very unique in the history of APC in South-South region of Nigeria; the number and prominent people we have received toady is very amazing.

“APC is making history not only in Bayelsa but for the South-South political zone; I believe by December 5, we will have more progressive states in this zone.

“For those, who have defected, I promise you that you have found a new home for the progress and betterment of Bayelsa,” Oyegun said.

Mr Timipre Sylva, APC Leader in the state, also commended the new members, saying that the party was prepared to take over the Governorship position by December 5.

Sylva, a former governor of the state, said that the forthcoming gubernatorial election was a wakeup call to the people of Bayelsa, stressing that it was time to unite for change.

Also speaking, Mr Timipa Orunimighe, APC Chairman in the state, called on the people to form alliance with the party in order to move the state forward.

“I believe that the road to freedom from backwardness have come to our door; we need government that can bring change and attract investors,” Orunimighe said.

In his comment, Alaibe said that his decision to leave PDP was to encourage the platform of change for the good people of Baylesa

“I have joined APC and we are going to sweep out deceit, oppression, economic stagnation, and undemocratic ways of the PDP come December 5,” the former NDDC boss said.

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  • U. K. Charles

    While in PDP, they have looted and shared money supposedly belonging to the people They are now shamefully defecting to the opposition not only to cover their tracks but to forestall any attempt to probe them.

  • Alaowerri

    They sing the same song each time self-seeking Nigerian politicians defect. They have shifted ground to cover up. None is doing any of these to serve but to find opportunities to loot more.
    Hover ever, the overbearing authoritarian lifestyle of mama piss did not help matters. Jona is getting humiliated the more.

  • newday

    In the final analysis elections are about your personal choice of a candidate among those presented rather than party. Therefore this bunch of drifters did not have to defect in order to vote for APC candidate. It is not a requirement, unless they have ulterior motive. If they should vote for an independent candidate, what party would they join?

  • Mickey

    1500+2 = 1502. Now multiply by 4 = 6008. That’s a good try for election in December. Ok before I forget add that to what ACN+CPC had in last election and get the result for APC in December.
    I don’t like Dickson at all but for APC to win in Bayelsa will happen in another lifetime. Simple