Ahead of the Dec. 5 Bayelsa governorship election, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday suffered a wave of defections as no fewer than 1,150 members of the party, including many of its stalwarts, defected to the All Progressives Party (APC) .
Prominent among those that defected are: Mr Timi Alaibe, a former Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC); Mr Wenirepe Seibarogu, a former Deputy Governor; Mr Sam Inokoba, a former state PDP Chairman; Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, one time Speaker of the state House of Assembly; and Mr Nadu Karibo, a former Reps member, besides numerous others.
The PDP decampees were received at a rally in the state capital, Yenagoa, by APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, who received and welcomed the new APC members.
Oyegun commended them for their “courage to dump the PDP and embrace change.’’
He said: “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.”
Also speaking at the rally, Mr Timipre Sylva, a former governor of the state and APC Leader, expressed the hope that the APC would wrest the governorship seat from PDP by December 5.
Sylva said that the forthcoming gubernatorial election was a wakeup call to the people of Bayelsa, stressing that it was time to unite for change.
Mr Timipa Orunimighe, Bayelsa APC Chairman, in his remark, called on the people of the state, to identify with the APC in order to move the state forward.
The state APC chairman said that Bayelsa was in need of a government that could bring change and attract investors, adding that the road to freedom from backwardness had come to the door of the people.
Explaining why he changed party to APC, Alaibe, a former governorship aspirant in the state, said that his decision to leave PDP was to encourage the platform of change for the good people of Baylesa.
According to Alaibe, APC will sweep out “deceit, oppression, economic stagnation, and PDP’s undemocratic ways,’’ come December 5.