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Petroleum Minister, Timipre Sylva’s constituency representative, dumps APC for PDP

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Hon Daniel Charles, a member of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Charles who was elected on the platform of APC in the 2019 general elections, cited the “leadership crisis within the hierarchy and factionalization of the party” as reasons for his decision

What is most intriguing about his defection is that he represents Brass Constituency 1 in the State House of Assembly, the same constituency as that of the Minister of State for Petroleum and leader of APC in Bayelsa State,  Timipre Sylva.

Charles announced his defection in a letter dated April 14, 2020, and addressed it to the Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abraham Ingobere.

.He said: “I write to announce my defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).This action and decision to leave my party, the APC, is necessitated by the leadership crisis within the party hierarchy ‘division and factionalization’ in the APC in Bayelsa State, absence of ‘Rule of law and internal democracy’ amongst others in Bayelsa State APC.

“Therefore, relying on Section 68(1) (g) 222 and 229 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, I formally announced my defection from the APC to the PDP and declare support and total and unflinching loyalty to the current administration headed by Governor Douye Diri and the PDP,” the letter reads.

The Secretary of APC in Bayelsa State, Mr Alabo Martins, however said the leadership of the party is yet to receive a letter of resignation and defection from the lawmaker.

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