Tiimi Alaibe, Bayelsa PDP Chairman, Others Decamp To APC


Timi Alaibe addressing the rally on Saturday
Timi Alaibe addressing the rally on Saturday


Former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Timi Alaibe, and the current Bayelsa State chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sam Inokoba, a retired Colonel, are among over 1,00 members and leaders of the ruling party who decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC on Saturday.

The move by many highly placed PDP chieftains in the state to the opposition party is clearly indicative of a division in the party as the December governorship election approaches.

Saturday’s political realignment of forces is also possibly a sign of opposition to governor Seriake Dickson’d second term in office.

Addressing a political rally at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex, Inokoba gave ten reasons for leaving the party, adding that many members could not remain because the PDP government has derailed from its original objectives.

Inokoba took some time to assess the Dickson – led administration said that his dictatorial style had stifled internal democracy in the PDP and disenchanted mmany members, forcing them to leave.

He said the governor’s dictatorial tendencies and manipulative style of leadership had divided the ruling party said that PDP, leading to endless intra – party squabbles.

The former PDP chairman said that he was decamping to the APC with his followers from 105 wards in the state and urged Bayelsa people to shun sentiments to embrace change.

Addressing the rally, Alaibe, who served as former President Goodluck Jonathan’s special adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, regretted that the resources in the state had not been properly harnessed for the benefit of the citizens, many of whom he said are still afflicted by poverty.

Touted to have been lured into the APC to contest the governorship election on the party’s platform, Alaibe promised that he would work to install an APC government in the state.

APC National Chairnam, John Oyegun (right)and former governor Timipre Silva
APC National Chairnam, John Oyegun (right) and former governor Timipre Silva

Also addressing the crowd of supporters and members of the party, former governor of the state and APC leader, Timpre Sylva, decried level of insecurity and piracy in the state which he noted had crippled economic activities in the coastal parts of the state.

Silva predicted victory for the APC in Bayelsa State in the governorship election, adding that the new government would join hands with the ruling party at the federal level to bring rapid development to the people.



    The national chairman of the APC who received the decampees, John Oyegun, handed over brooms to all of them.

    Oyegun paid credit to Sylva for mobilising support for the APC and attracting politically relevant person into the party in the state.

    He also assured the people that the APC government would ensure the speedy completion of the East West road which has been under construction for many years.


    Oyegun said that the South south region which is the economic base of the nation was the economic base of the nation cannot afford to play opposition politics and said that all would be done to win the whole zone to the APC.

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