Allies of former Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, are leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC) in droves.
Two of his close associates – a former Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Gideon Ekeuwei, and a former Special Adviser, Chief Rufus Abadi along with over two thousand of their supporters at the weekend defected to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
This is coming a few days after another associate of Sylva, Chief Nathan Egba, returned to the PDP.
Dr. Ekeuwei, who was SSG during the Sylva administration, and Chief Abadi were received along with their supporters by Governor Seriake Dickson at Government House, Yenagoa.
According to a statement made available to the ThepageNews and signed by the Special Adviser on Public Affairs to the Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson, Mr Daniel Alabrah, the Governor expressed happiness that the two, who he described as founding members of the PDP in the state, have experienced the other side and decided to come back home.
He said that even though the duo worked hard for the APC during the governorship election in 2015, he sees them as brothers, and called on the people of the state to shun the pull-him-down syndrome.
The governor also called on other well-meaning APC members in the state to immediately move to the PDP as the people of the state and, by extension, the Ijaw nation have to come together to chart a common front to promote development.
“I welcome you back home to your own party, which we all know that you are a founding member in this state. We are very happy to receive you all.
“I have been informed that this is a preliminary reception. A big rally is planned for next month to receive you and your teeming supporters and to give you all the assurance that PDP is home to all our people.
“For us, politics is about building, not destroying. It is about preserving life, not about killing or taking life, and not about making people miserable. If you are in the business of service to men, you are serving God also. We are not perfect but at all times, let it be seen that you are doing your best, trying to advance the well-being of the people of your community and your world. We are indeed happy to receive you.”
Speaking further, he said despite the difficult economic situation in the country, his administration had committed the scarce resources to development of our state.
“For example, the airport project was conceived by late Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha’s government but could not start it and we have now done it. In this game of politics, our approach is different. We are not about pulling people down. Rather we build consensus in our state, encouraging and
supporting our people. That is why we don’t fight beyond elections” he said.
In his remarks, Dr. Ekeuwei, who described his departure from the PDP as a sojourn, acknowledged that he defected from the APC to contribute his quota to the developmental efforts of Governor Dickson.
Ekeuwei, who thanked the governor for the warm reception accorded him and other members, emphasised that he joined the APC of his own volition and that he owed no one apologies for quitting as he wants to reposition himself for service to the people of the state.
On his part, Chief Abadi commended the governor for his landmark projects and programmes in the state, especially the airport project, which he noted would attract investors to the state as well as the Safe Motherhood Initiative where stipends are given to pregnant women.