The Governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson has declared the All Progressive Congress (APC) a ghost party in the state, submitting there won’t be competition for his Peoples Democratic Party in the coming general elections.
Welcoming defectors led by former Managing Director òf the Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr. Timi Alaibe, two-time Commissioner for Information and top ally of former Governor Timipre Sylva, Chief Nathan Egba, and other top political figures from the APC into the PDP at the weekend, Governor Dickson said Alaibe and the other top APC Chieftains were the politicians who gave him a tough fight in the hotly contested gubernatorial election of 2015.
Alaibe, Nathan Egba, a Political Force in the densely populated Southern Ijaw Local Government, Chief Rufus Abadi, and Former Secretary to the State Government, Chief Gideon Ekeowei, led thousands of APC members from all the local government areas across to the state to the PDP in a colorful ceremony in Yenagoa earlier in the week.
The defected top APC leaders were received by the State Governor, the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, the South South Zonal Chairman òf the Party, Chief Emmanuel Ogidi, the Chairman òf the PDP in the state, Chief Moses Cleopas and other top political figures in the state.
Dickson said with the defection of the large number of APC Chieftains to the ruling PDP in the state, the APC had become a ghost party, incapable of winning elections in Bayelsa, adding that “with the exodus of highly placed politicians of influence from the APC to the PDP, there would be no election in Bayelsa”
The Governor charged the Chairman of the PDP in the state, Chief Moses Cleopas, to perfect the process of mopping all good Bayelsans from the APC which he described as a party of criminals in the state.
He charged all the remaining members of the APC to move into the PDP to play the expected leadership role in the development of Bayelsa and indeed the Ijaw nation.
He said, “We have enough room for everybody, for all those who want to join our party. This is the fifth rally the party has put together in the state. I am especially happy to be here in the spirit of reconciliation, a new Bayelsa and service to our people, rather than self aggrandizement.
“From today, you have been automatically restored to your leadership positions, the positions you occupied before you left. I charge you all to return to base to play the leadership role that you all can and will play.
“Let me make it clear that firstly the PDP you are coming back to is unlike the party you left, it is a party of order, conscientious building, law and order and mutual respect.
Commenting on his defection, the former Managing Director òf the NDDC, Timi Alaibe said that he had been to the APC and had seen the difference between both parties.
He described the PDP as a party of Ijaw people with interest in matters affecting the welfare of the people of the Niger Delta.
He said, “You can see the party in Bayelsa, and the quality of leadership provided by the governor. I am here because the PDP is the place to be.
“The PDP is an Ijaw party. It takes on issues of restructuring. It communicates on the issues that affect the Niger Delta. That is why we are all “Atikulated.”