Simon Utebor, Yenagoa
Some allies of former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva , are leaving the All Progressives Congress in the state in droves.
Two of his close associates – a former Secretary to the State Government , Dr . Gideon Ekeuwei , and a former Special Adviser , Chief Rufus Abadi , along with over 2 , 000 of their supporters on Friday defected to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
Their defection is coming a few days after another associate of Sylva , Chief Nathan Egba , returned to the PDP.
Ekeuwei , who was SSG during the Sylva administration , and Abadi were received along with their supporters by Governor Seriake Dickson at Government House , Yenagoa .
Dickson expressed happiness that the two , who he described as founding members of the PDP in the state , had experienced the other side and decided to come back home.
He said that even though the duo worked hard for the APC during the governorship election in 2015, he saw them as brothers , calling on the people of the state to shun the pull – him – down syndrome.
The governor also called on other well – meaning APC members in the state to immediately move to the PDP as the people of the state and by extension , the Ijaw nation , have to come together to chart a common front to promote development.
Dickson said , “ I welcome you back home to your own party , which we all know that you are founding members in this state . We are very happy to receive you all.
“ I have been informed that this is a preliminary reception . A big rally is planned for next month to receive you and your teeming supporters and to give you all the assurance that the 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 . ”