Top members the All Progressives Congress, APC, and allies of former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, have dumped the party for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
A former Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Gideon Ekeuwei, and a former Special Adviser, Chief Rufus Abadi, during Sylva’s regime, decamped to the PDP at the weekend.
They left the APC along with over 4, 000 of their supporters.
They were received by the Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson on Saturday.
Speaking at the rally in Yenagoa, Dickson revealed that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was planning a mega rally for defectors.
He expressed happiness that more chieftains of the APC are leaving the party to join hands with the PDP in his quest to build the state.
“I welcome you back home to your own party, which we all know that you are a founding member in this state. We are very happy to receive you all. I have been informed that this is a preliminary reception,” he said.
“A big rally is planned for next month to receive you and your teeming supporters and to give you all the assurance that PDP is home to all our people.
“For us, politics is about building, not destroying. It is about preserving life, not about killing or taking life, and not about making people miserable.
“If you are in the business of service to men, you are serving God also. We are not perfect but at all times, let it be seen that you are doing your best, trying to advance the well-being of the people of your community and your world. We are indeed happy to receive you.”