By Ehi Ekhator
The ongoing defection of the the member of the People Democratic Party (PDP) has hit President Jonathan state of Bayelsa as some aides of Governor Seriake Dickson defecting to All Progressives Congress.
Some groups who were the loyalist of the former governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, have also dump the PDP for the APC in Bayelsa. APC is presently chaired by the former Security Adviser to Sylva, Chief Richard Kpodo. The former Youth Leader of PDP in the South-South, Mr. Godwin Sidi, is now the Interim State Secretary of the APC.
Others who dump PDP for APC in the state include: Former Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government, Mr. Timipa Orunemigha, alias Tiway.
According to the information, APC is set to be inaugurated this week in Yenagoa, the state capital.
The defection of the said members have been on since they allign themselves with the nPDP who later joined APC. Kpodo and others dump PDP for what they called “lack of Internal democracy and culture of impunity”
Sidi revealed while addressing newsmen that they left PDP because of the failure of peace talks in the party. He further revealed that the APC boasted of about 2 million supporters in Bayelsa.
According to the Interim secretary, “All arrangement have been put in place for the APC and Kpodo. I and other supporters find it expedient to move over to the APC with our supporters.
HE added “The decision to move to the APC was taken due to the fact that every peace talk within the PDP has failed and also have found out that the PDP is in life support and it will die very soon.
“We do not want to witness such a tragedy in a political party we have tried over the years to build.
“The APC secretariat will be opened within t his week and we are solidly on ground. Kpodo will serve as Interim Chairman and I will serve as Secretary until party congress takes place.”
He advised Nigerians to stand up against Jonathan and his third term oath in the office. He said that anything above 8 years was completely unconstitutional, adding that the APC will reject it.