Over 2000 politicians yesterday defied a heavy downpour, as they thronged to Peace Park, Yenagoa to show their solidarity and support for Governor Seriake Dickson, describing the All Progressives Congress, APC as a party of impostors.
Led by Senator John Brambaifa and Chief Alex Ekiotene, they returned back to the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, defying a heavy downpour as they thronged the venue of the event.
The group known as, Forum of Authentic APC Delegates said, members were hoodwinked to join the party.Members of the group are staunch supporters of one of the governorship aspirants of the party, Mr. Timi Alaibe, who was later persuaded to step down for the former governor and now the governorship aspirant of the party, Chief Timipre Sylva.
In a welcome address presented by its Chairman, Amos Iduotu Soko said the choice of Sylva as the governorship candidate of APC could be best described as the last straw that broke the camel’s back.
Describing the APC primaries which led to the emergence of Sylva as a charade, he said “what was supposed to be a peaceful, credible, free and fair party primary was turned into a blood bath”
The address reads, ‘Governor Adams Oshiomole true to type, rejected the charade and sham that was styled as a party primary and so the first exercise was nullified. For the second and last exercise, which took place on the 29th of August, 2015, the leading aspirant, Chief Timi Alaibe was asked by the authorities from above to step down for their anointed candidate.
“It was indeed a sad and sorrowful day for the over 2,000 delegates, who had signed up to pick Timi Alaibe as the candidate of the APC. Since that day it has been mourning all the way as if the creator of Bayelsa state died that day.
Following the unacceptable travesty of internal democracy and in view of the fact that the so called winner sees every other person as conquered people, the Forum of Authentic APC delegates has decided to support Governor Dickson in the next election.
In his address, Senator John Brambaifa said, this is home-coming where everybody will be proud, noting that, there is no doubt that victory will be achieved on the December 5th governorship poll.
‘I have come here to endorse Governor Seriake Dickson as the governor of Bayelsa state come 2016. I stand here to say without any doubt that I Senator J.K. Brambaifa support that decision.’
Receiving the returnees, the national vice-chairman, South-South of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Cairo Ojugho directed that they should be re-admitted and revert to their former positions, adding that this must be backed up with necessary documentation.
Describing the PDP as the only party with democratic values, Dr. Ojougbo said the party is not ready to concede defeat to any party as the South-south remains the home base of the PDP.
Calling on the Judiciary and Independent National Electoral Commission to always be fair in carrying out their constitutional responsibilities, he said that, it was on record that the two bodies performed creditably well under the PDP leadership at the national level.
Also, the Acting state chairman of the party, Chief Serena Dokubo-Spiff assured the returnees of the cooperation of the leadership of the party. According to him, no matter the level of dissenting voices and differences the unity of the Ijaw nation could never be destroyed.
Elated with joy, the state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson who defied the downpour by dancing round the venue said, the action of the former APC members has sounded the death knell of the APC in Bayelsa State, adding that, some of them were key leaders, who led the mass movement to the opposition party.
Acknowledging the contributions of the returnees, while they were in the PDP, Governor Dickson said their coming back would go a long way in filling the vacuum created by the demise of the first civilian governor of the state, Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha.

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