Bayelsa: why Alaibe, Lokpobiri, Inokoba, others defected – Dickson …. says they are greedy and selfish politicians
Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, yesterday, lambasted those who defected from the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last Saturday, saying they are greedy and selfish politicians.
Dickson, who spoke in Abuja on the sideline of the National Security Summit 2015 organized by the Nigeria Police Force, in conjunction with The Sun Publishing Limited, publishers of The Sun titles, said the defectors did so only for greed and selfish reasons.
He pointed out that, while it was their right to decamp, it was important for the public to know why they decamped to the APC, stressing that, they decamped because each one of them wants to be the governor and the PDP platform is not available for them to pursue the ambitions.
“So, they are going to the next alternative, and which in the case of the APC, is the party that has control of the center 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,” Dickson remarked.
He noted that, is firmly on the ground in the state, adding that, Bayelsans are of the view that his administration has done well and on the election day, they will turn out enmasse and vote for him and the PDP.
Dickson added: “We know the antecedents of each and every one of them and we are confident that the people are not with them.”
In answer to a question, Governor Dickson expressed confidence over his chances of being re-elected, stating that, having done well in delivering the dividends of democracy to the people, he was sure of getting re-elected for a second term in office.
According to Dickson, “I am sure. That is a PDP state and I have done well. It is not me saying it, it is the people of Bayelsa that are saying it. And they know them. So, let’s wait to see who their flagbearer would be against me,” Dickson concluded.
It will be recalled that, the former Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Ndutimi Alaibe, the embattled chairman of the party in the state, Col. Sam Inokoba, retd, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri and others, defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend.
The defectors, were reportedly received by the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegu