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Bayelsa 2016: PDP Elders Dump Dickson

Posted: Jun 30, 2015 at 5:54 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

…Negotiate defection to APC


Ahead the governorship election in Bayelsa State slated for 2016, the ranks of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are in disarray as some elders of the party, under the aegis of the Bayelsa Consultative Forum (BCF), have said they are ready to part ways with Governor Seriake Dickson.

The PDP elders, in showing their resentment for the governor, have commenced moves to join the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), with a view to presenting a strong, united force against the second term bid of the governor.

The elders, under Senator John Kofo Brambaifa, who led other members of the group in a visit to the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Timi Frank, as part of discussions before making a formal move to the APC, said that all well-meaning Bayelsans have agreed to ensure that the second term ambition of the incumbent governor does not see the light of day.

Brambaifa stated that the group believed that the state is currently drifting, becoming a one-man affair controlled by an emperor in the person of the governor.

“Bayelsa has become a one-man state, controlled by an emperor-like leadership.

“We held our inaugural meeting on the eighth of this month and the good people of Bayelsa have resolved that the second term ambition of the current government in the state must not be allowed to succeed.

“Two, that we want to join the APC and they must come in their numbers to Bayelsa State to receive us, so as to send a signal to the emperor that we have been properly received,” he said.

He stated further that the forum was ready to join APC as soon as plans are concluded with the national leaders of the party.

In his response, Frank advised the PDP leaders not to waste time any longer but ensure that they join the APC at the state level.

He also said that the national leaders of the party would appreciate them and receive them anytime they deem it fit to join the party.

Other PDP leaders in attendance were Chief Alex Ekiotene, Chief Ivory Fekoru, Dr. Ebenezer Iqwe, Hon. Stev Erebo, Hon. Tobi Femone, Dr. Timi Agara, Dr. Douiye Aganaba, Hon. Benjamin Youdiowe and Mrs. Irene Opuene.