PDP begs as members plan defection today
According to report from Bayelsa exclusively gathered by INFOTRUST, about 600 key members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the ruling party in the State may have concluded plans to dump the party for the All Progressives Congress, APC on Saturday, 15 August, 2015.
Speaking with journalists on Friday, an association within the PDP in the state called the Unity Group led by a former Commissioner for Transport in Bayelsa, Mrs Marie Ebikake pleaded with the aggrieved members not to defect to another party.
Ebikake who was recently relieved of her position because of her alleged closeness to the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, said the group was committed to the unity and resolution of the crisis confronting the PDP.
She said, “We cannot deceive ourselves. Some of our people have vowed to go to the APC. We want to use this medium to appeal to them to return. The home they have built, they cannot allow it to collapse.
“We are a group in the Bayelsa State PDP that is committed to the unity of our party, particularly after the outcome of the recent general elections.
“We believe that losing power at the centre after 16 years should unite rather than divide us. We salute the commitment of our members and supporters in the last 16 years.
“However, we are not oblivious of the most recent defections from our great party in Bayelsa State to the opposition APC. We cannot also pretend to be unperturbed of the planned defection of our esteemed members on Saturday (today) in Yenagoa.
“There is no doubt that some of these defectors are men and women of high political substance and pedigree who have contributed to our past achievements.”
In a chat with INFOTRUST, Ibifuro Wilson from Nembe in Bayelsa disclosed that a lot more will defect soon. She said, “Not just this people will defect, a lot of the political office holders will defect soon. The one defecting now are going into APC to prepare the ground for the powerful politicians and political office holders which will soon join them. They are their foot soldiers. Mark my words, PDP will lose the gubernatorial election in the State. We’re disenchanted with Jonathan and his wife. With all their power, what have they done for us in Bayelsa? I’m impressed with the Buhari regime because it shows that he is purposeful, let us leave sentiments and face reality.”