Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has 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, yesterday said the defectors did so only for greed and selfish reasons.
He noted 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.
“They are going to the next alternative, which is the APC, the party that has control of the center; by so doing they are 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 them as eventual flag bearers into the government house, which is not going to be the case,” Dickson remarked.
The governor noted that he is firmly on ground in the state, adding that Bayelsans are of the view that his administration has done well and that on the election day, they will turn out en masse 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.”
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, had defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC at the weekend and were reportedly received by the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

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