By Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa
At least 2,000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sagbama, Governor Seriake Dickson’s hometown, on Sunday defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the area.
Receiving the returnees, the state Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Godspower Keku, along with other PDP leaders including Lt.-Col. Bernard Kenabai (rtd), a member of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly in Sagbama said the exercise marked the end of opposition in the council.
The crowd of defectors thereafter took the heap of brooms, representing the symbols of the APC to a designated place where they were burnt alongside APC flags.
Keku, while receiving the defectors, said many of them were deceived to join the APC and promised them that there would be a level playing field in the party.
“These people left because Nigerians usually are doubting Thomases. When the APC won at the national level, a lot of the people thought it was over for the PDP in Bayelsa State.
“So, they left, but when they got there, they saw and what they saw was a colossal deceit. That is why our brothers and sisters, who were so deceived have come back en masse to the PDP.
“We have taken them, that is to show people, especially in Bayelsa that PDP is unbeatable in this state. PDP will rise and rise and the sky is our limit. It is an indication that before the 2019 elections, there will be no APC in Bayelsa,” he said.
In his remarks, Kenabai said that the return of the defectors was an indication that where they initially went was not good for them.
The lawmaker said: “What you are seeing is what is supposed to happen in Bayelsa. For some reasons, some of them missed their ways and are now back. They are welcome back to the party.
“Right now, they have realised themselves and have come back home, the home they were part of building which is the right thing to do and with open arms, we have received them like what happened in the Bible to the prodigal child.
“So, we have received them to enlarge the party. PDP is strong, reliable and can be depended upon. It has big umbrellas to accommodate them.”
One of the defectors, representing those from Constituency 2, Toru Orua, Mr. Style Eneware, said they returned to the PDP because the APC in the state had lost focus.