I have not defected to another party, still consulting, says Timi Alaibe
Former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Chief Timi Alaibe, has distanced himself from reports that he defected to another party following his failure to clinch the governorship ticket of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the November 16 election in Bayelsa State.
He said he remained a loyal member of the PDP despite being bombarded by requests and offers of opportunity by other political parties.
Alaibe, in a statement by his campaign organisation and signed by the Administrative Secretary, Prof. Seiyefa Brisibe, said the emergence of Douye Diri as the governorship candidate of the PDP in the state would be challenged in court by Alaibe.
The statement read: “Conscious of the deadlines provided in both the Electoral Acts and the PDP constitution regarding any action deemed necessary on matters of this nature, we have decided that whatever needs to be done must be done fast. We are appealing to our supporters to remain calm as it would be made known within the next 48 hours, a necessary action that will ensure that Bayelsa people have the governor they deserve in the person of Chief Alaibe.
“Timi Alaibe Campaign Organisation observed that since the declaration of the results of the People’s Democratic Party primary election for the governorship election of Bayelsa State, our teeming supporters have been left without clear and precise information as to the next step to be taken by our principal, Chief Ndutimi Alaibe, in search of justice in what was generally seen as a deliberate adulteration of due process in the conduct of the primary election.
“We thank our supporters and the good people of Bayelsa State for their unprecedented support.
“Be assured that this evil act against the wish of the people of Bayelsa State, carried out by a handful of selfish people who decided to play god by arrogating to themselves the unrighteous act of imposing their personal decisions on us, will not go unchallenged. At the end, Bayelsa people—who are in the majority—will have their way.
“As it is traditional in matters of this kind, we needed to carry out due consultation across board with our supporters, particularly the stakeholders — including our vibrant youths and women — before taking any step or embarking on any decision in search of redress or alternatives. We are almost at the end of the necessary consultations.
“However, let it be stated that Chief Alaibe has not joined any political party as bandied in the media. He is still a loyal member of the PDP despite being bombarded by requests and offers of opportunity by other political parties. That decision has not been taken. Any speculation to the contrary remains what it is—mere speculation.”