Over 1,000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday at Peace Park, opposite Government House, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
The defecting members included over 800 personalities who were delegates at the recently concluded APC governorship primary of September 22nd and 30th in Yenagoa.
This happened barely 36 days to the December 5 governorship election. The defectors were led to the venue by two prominent political bigwigs in the APC, Senator John Brambaifa and Alex Ekiotenne.
The defectors were received by Governor Seriake Dickson; the Deputy National Chairman of PDP ( South-South), Chief Cairo Ojuigbo; Acting State Chairman, Chief Serena Dokubo-Spiff and the Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, John Jonah, among other PDP leaders.
Addressing the defectors, an elated Dickson particularly commended Brambaifa and Ekiotenne for returning to the PDP fold which they left about five months ago.
“We are happy that Brambaifa and Ekiotenne are back to the PDP. They have been prominent strategists for the PDP. Our government, Bayelsa PDP and Bayelsans are happy that we are now complete”.
“While the storm lasted, I always remembered them for their patriotism towards Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation. With them, our restoration crusade is full and ready to sail.”
“They led the foundation for the mass movements of some PDP members to the APC,” the Governor stated. In his remarks, Ekiotenne said their coming back to the PDP showed that the APC in Bayelsa State was “dead and buried”.
He assured the party that the PDP would win 99 per cent in Ekeremor area of the state where he hails from.