Another phase of massive defection has just been seen as prominent Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Chief Timi Alaibe, on Friday defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), with over 6,200 supporters.
It has been gathered that the former Secretary to Bayelsa State Government, Hon Gideon Ekeowei, onetime Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Chief Keme Prefa, ex-Chairman of Sagbama Local Government Council, Hon Barnabas Edure, former Executive Secretary, SUBEB, Barr. Rhodesia Whyte and former state lawmakers including Hon Nelson Belief have also defected.
Honourable Seriake Dickson noted that the massive defection proves the supremacy of PDP as well as signifying the end of APC in the State. He said this in the Government House Yenagoa, Bayelsa State where he hosted Chief Alaibe.
According to Dickson, the defection has justified his earlier claim that the APC lacked capacity to win any election in the state as its leadership had brazenly demonstrated lack of interest in the welfare and development of the state.
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, the Governor was quoted when he had said that Bayelsa remained the only PDP state that re-elected its governor by defeating federal might.
The Governor also said;“The APC in Bayelsa is a party of criminals, cultists and terrorists. PDP has the majority of the good, decent and patriotic people. I used to say there are few APC members in Bayelsa that are good and patriotic. Now, you can imagine the few good ones have now left. So, the APC in Bayelsa is completely a party of criminals, cultists and terrorists.
“When we come to campaign, we will wait for them to tell us the roads and bridges that they have brought to this state from Abuja, to show us the major appointments, benefits and patronage with which they deceived these good and decent people to go to their dry party that doesn’t mean well for our people. The APC is clearly folding up in Bayelsa with all of you leaving.”
He congratulated all them for their wise decision to dump the APC assured them of their full integration to the PDP.
“We are here to formally receive and welcome you back home to your party and I have told the chairman and the political desk working with your team that we will organise a formal reception to receive you because you are a big fish. You cannot come into the PDP and people will not know you have come. So what is happening today is a prelude to your formal reception.
“We were pained when you left at a time we needed you most but all of that is history. What is important is what is ahead of us and I want to assure you that you are all valued leaders of the party once again.” He added
The former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Chief Timi Alaibe, in his speech, described PDP as the party of the Ijaw people.
According to him, all the political positions he has held were facilitated by the PDP and that informed his decision to move from APC to PDP to support the Government of Bayelsa State.
“PDP for me as an individual is home. My political life was defined by
the PDP. My political public service, work and all the political
positions that I have held were facilitated by the PDP and for a lot
of us here, it was the PDP. So for us, PDP is home. It is a good-come-back home.”
“I want to thank you for some of the fantastic projects and programmes you have implemented in Bayelsa including this state of the art office for the people of Bayelsa State. I want to thank you for the continuous commitment to the Ijaw Nation. The commitment that has inspired some of us to continue to remain as a people in the space called Nigeria.
“We want to assure you that at some point in the course of our political life, just like a child will not know the richness of his mother’s soup until he tastes his neighbour’s soup, we have gone out there and we have tasted our neighbour’s soup, and we have made comparison and our own soup, the soup you pilot is sweeter. And that’s why we are here.”
The, Chairman of the State PDP, Mr. Moses Cleopas, assured Alaibe and other defectors a sense of belonging to enable them contribute to the success of the PDP.
“You are coming into a reformed PDP where everyone is on the same side,” he added.
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Kaduna State High Court has granted leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky leave to travel abroad for medical attention.
“Passage of life pension Bill, a desperate coup against Bayelsa people”—Group
A group, the Bayelsa Against Eelection Violence Initiative (BAEVI) has kicked against the recent passage by the Bayelsa State House of Assembly of a bill to provide for monthly lifetime pension for its members, describing the action as a desperate coup against the people.
According to the group, the presentation of same to Governor Henry Seriake Dickson for assent is the height of legislative rascality and desperation and, to say the least, an economic coup against the state.
The group, the Bayelsa Against Eelection Violence Initiative (BAEVI),in a statement issued yesterday in Yenagoa, said the passage of this repugnant bill at a time when government has consistently screamed blue murder over dwindling state income and rising liabilities,” speaks to a clear lack of moral compass on the part of our reprentatives to put the public good first in all things and ensure the equitable and beneficial use of scarce state resources.”
The group, in the statement, signed by its President, Hon. Preye Johnbull and Secretary, Egba Father, the doctrine of the fruit of the poisoned tree readily comes to mind here and renders nugatory the veiled, surreptitious attempt to endanger the public interest. If the tree is poisoned, it’s fruit can by no means be sweet but bitter. A good motive for committing a crime doesn’t necessarily absolve the culprit of the guilt and consequences.”
“The truth is that Bayelsa legislators are already comparatively sufficiently provided for under the subsisting remuneration package, and there is no need whatsoever to add a lifetime pension to sweeten the deal and enhance their exit package when the state civil servants are hardly well catered for, unemployment rate is hitting the roof and the lack of critical infrastructure such as power and industrial expansion has stifled development and brought the state practically to its knees. What with the backlog of gratuities of retirees and unpaid salaries of local government workers.”
“If the legislators strongly feel that they deserve to be included in monthly pensions then by the same token they must pass social security laws to enhance the welfare of the unemployed, physically challenged, bursary allowances and scholarships funding for tertiary students, the widows, single parents and all economically disadvantaged segment of the population.”
“The heightened social tension resulting from this melodramatic theatre of the absurd is steadily building to a deafening crescendo and Governor Seriake Dickson must, without bathing an eyelid, throw this putrefying bill to where it rightly belongs; the stinking dustbin of history.”
“Unless something is done urgently to reverse this mindless rape of our commonwealth, the unsettling equal and opposite reaction could be that Bayelsans could be forced to take to the streets to register their displeasure and deploy every legitimate means to ensure its abrogation.”
Breaking: NJC Approves Buhari’s Request To Extend Tenure Of Acting CJN Tanko Muhammad
The National Judicial Council (NJC), has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to extend the tenure of the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad.
The council in a statement by its Director Information, Soji Oye, stated that the approval followed several deliberations during a meeting which was held last week Thursday.
Mr Oye noted that contrary to reports that the NJC was going to meet next week on the extension of Justice Muhammad’s tenure, the council, however, meet on April 18, 2019, which resolved to the approval of his extension.
“The attention of the National Judicial Council has been drawn to an online newspaper and daily newspaper Report stating that the Council would meet next week to deliberate on the extension of the Acting Appointment of Honourable Dr Justice I. T. Muhammad CFR, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.
“Contrary to the above, the Council actually met on Thursday 18th April 2019 and at the 88thMeeting considered and approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for the extension of the Appointment of Hon. Dr Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria for another three (3) months and Council has since forwarded its approval to the President”.