N’Assembly, state PDP lawmakers defect to APC in Bayelsa
WITH barely less than two weeks to the hand over of power to the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, lawmakers who represent Bayelsa in both the state and national levels have dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The lawmakers comprise Mr. Clever Marcus Ikisikpo (Bayelsa East Senatorial District), Mr. Nadu Karibo (Ogbia Federal Constituency) and member, Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Mr. Azibola Omekwe (Ogbia Constituency) along with their teeming supporters and loyalists from the state.
Ikisikpo, who spoke at the national secretariat of the APC on behalf of the other defectors, justified their action, saying the interests of their constituents as well as the entire Bayelsa State would be better served in the APC.
Ikisikpo, who joined the PDP since 1998, disclosed that but for the fear of the unknown, they would have joined the APC before the start of the just-concluded general elections. Expressing optimism that Governor Dickson Seriake would soon join the APC, he said: “It is, indeed, unfortunate that the PDP which used to be known for fairness and ability to accommodate different shades of opinion has been hijacked by a few people. In the party today, impugnity is the order of the day.
Founding members, who made the party popular to the mass of our people, have been given the short shrift. “The ungodly syndicate that have taken over the PDP has displayed unprecedented high-handedness, crude arrogance and phenomenal perfidy.
In most cases, unpopular decisions are taken by these few individuals and imposed on the party without consideration for dissenting voices.
“A case in point is the election of members to represent Ogbia in the national and state assemblies in the just-concluded general elections.
Primordial and sentimental considerations were given priority over and above competence and fairness, which had been the norm in our area.
“Some of us joined the PDP in Bayelsa State since 1998 and we have been very hardworking and loyal to the party – even at extremely difficult times. We have also won elections at different levels for the party.
But the present situation of betrayal and arrogance in the PDP has become so unbearable that we have come to the conclusion that it is in the best interest of our people that we quit the PDP.”
Meanwhile, former governor of the state, Mr. Timipre Sylva, said the development was an indication of a big harvest coming the way of the APC, assuring that the APC is now in good stead to clinch the governorship poll later in the year.
Deputy National Chairman, South, Mr. Segun Oni, who received the defectors, said that it was heartwarming that the people of Bayelsa are now ready to embrace the change philosophy of the APC.
Oni, who handed brooms to the defectors one after the other, maintained that Bayelsa State would achieve the desired growth and development under Buhari-led administration.