APC Ex-Chairman, 5,000 Others Defect To PDP In Bayelsa


A former chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Chief Tiwei Orunimiye, last Saturday, led over 98 leaders and 5,000 members of the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Those who defected included a serving lawmaker representing Brass 2 Constituency in the House of Assembly, Hon. Alfred Watson, Chief Orifie Ene and Chairman of the Bayelsa Waterways, Akparasia Africa.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei stated that the APC defectors were received at the Oxbow Lake Pavilion, Yenagoa.
In his remarks, the state Governor, Hon Henry Seriake Dickson, said that the latest batch of decampees from the APC signified the death of the party in the state.
He stressed that the 98 leaders of the APC led into the PDP by the former chairman of the party represented the soul of the opposition party which gave the PDP a fight for the Governorship of the state in 2015.
He said that those who defected to the PDP were the real members of the party different from the supposed leaders of the party whose influence was prominent only on the pages of newspapers.
His words: “We welcome Chief Tiwei Oruminiye, our brother Africa, our member in House of Assembly, Hon. Alfred Watson, Chief Gita, and indeed, the 98 leaders and over 5,000 members of the APC to the PDP.
“With what has happened, we have already brought down the APC in Bayelsa. These are the original owners of the APC and they represented the soul of the APC.
“These were the people who engaged us in the fight for the governorship of the state in 2012. They tried their best but we were too much for them.
“Although I don’t intend to mention names, I know that the person they worked for should be grateful to these people. Everywhere we went during the election, these were the people that we saw.
“When they were doing the fraud in Oporoma, these were the people we saw.”