Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has described defectors from the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as greedy and selfish politicians.
Speaking at the Abuja venue of the National Security Summit 2015 organised by the Nigeria Police Force in conjunction with The Sun Publishing Limited, publishers of The Sun titles, Dickson said the defectors moved to the rival All Progressives Congress, APC, for their personal interests.
Mr. Timi Alaibe, former presidential adviser on the Amnesty Programme, embattled chairman of the party in the state, Col. Sam Inokoba (retd), Senator Heineken Lokpobiri and others defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday.
The defectors, according to media reports, were received by the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
But while stating that it was their right to decamp, Dickson said it is important that the public knows why they decamped to the APC.
“They decamped because each one of them wants to be governor and the PDP platform is not available. So, they are going to the next alternative and which in the case of the APC, is the party that has control of the centre and by so doing, positioning themselves for federal appointments, which the PDP and I are not in a position to give to them.
“And they are hoping somehow that federal might, by way of security and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) manipulation, will see their eventual flagbearer into the government house, which is not going to be the case,” he said.
The governor who said he is firmly on ground in the state, added that his people are of the view that his administration has done well and on the election day, will troop out en masse to vote for him and the PDP.
“We know the antecedents of each and everyone of them and we are confident that the people are not with them,” he added.