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Sunday, 5 January 2014

Jonathan In Shock as Bayelsa Governor's Aides Defect To APC

President Goodluck Jonathan is said to be in serious shock as the wave of defection in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has hit his home state in a tsunami-like style. Aides of Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, who was sponsored by Jonathan, has dumped the PDP and joined the All Progressives Congress, APC....

“The decision to move to the APC was taken due to the fact that every peace talk within the PDP has failed and also we have found out that the PDP is in life support and it will die very soon. We do not want to witness such a tragedy in a political party we have tried over the years to build."
Those who have dumped the PDP and decamped to the APC are:
Some of Dickson’s special advisers, Commissioner as well as the former Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Mr. Timipa Orunemigha, alias Tiway.

Also, loyalists of former governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, have shifted allegiance to the APC in Bayelsa.

The APC in Bayelsa state is chaired by former Security Adviser to Sylva, Chief Richard Kpodo, while former Youth Leader of PDP in the South-South, Mr. Godwin Sidi, is the Interim State Secretary of the APC.

The APC in the state will be inaugurated in Yenagoa, the state capital, this week.

The defection to APC has put paid to months of political manoeuvrings which had characterised the PDP.

Confirming their defection, Sidi said their decision to move out of the PDP was due to the failure of peace talks in the party. He claimed that the APC boasted of over two million supporters in Bayelsa.

The interim secretary said, “All arrangements have been put in place for the APC and Kpodo, I and other supporters find it expedient to move over to the APC with our supporters.

“The APC secretariat will be opened within this week and we are solidly on ground. Kpodo will serve as Interim Chairman and I will serve as Secretary until party congress takes place.”

He urged Nigerians to stand up against Jonathan’s misrule and vote wisely for the APC in 2015.



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