Defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party members in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, the local council of former President Goodluck Jonathan, have explained why they quit the party for the rival All Progressives Congress, APC. According to the defectors, led by Senator Clever Ikisikpo, who represented Bayelsa-East Senatorial District, they left the PDP because of the method of operations of the party.
Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday at Kolo Creek in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state, Ikisikpo said he and former federal and state legislators as well as former political office holders from Ogbia ditched the PDP because it is being administered like a private estate.
He said they joined the All Progressives Congress because of the transparency, internal democracy, equity and fairness in the party.
“What is happening is historic in the sense that we have now joined a new party and that is a reigning party.
“We will make sure that APC becomes a ruling party in Bayelsa State and by the grace of God, come December 2015, APC will take over this state. Of course, we are all ready to work as a team to make sure that we achieve our goal,” he said.
Also speaking, a former Chief of Staff in the state, Mr. Samuel Ogbuku, said he joined APC to identify with his former boss, Chief Timipre Sylva, and to contribute to the government at the centre.
He said he learnt to follow Sylva loyally because the former governor would not betray him.
He expressed optimism that the APC would take over the state’s Government House, claiming that the current administration of the PDP was already jittery.
Ogbuku said, “You can see that we are very much calm. We have so much confidence right now knowing that we are matching into Creek Haven (Bayelsa Government House).
But those who are the current occupants, know that their days are numbered and that is why they are jittery.”