Former Chief of Staff to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state and a close ally of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Diekivie Ikiogha has explained why he dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the All Progressives Congress, APC.
According to Ikhiogha, “the PDP I helped to form and nature was no more the same. Some hawks have hijacked the party and they have made it clear that the house is in tatters. It is a divided house made of men who were only driven by selfish ambitions. Sadly, the PDP had badly drifted from a well organised family to a congregation of betrayers. It was clear that the PDP was gradually marching for destruction.”
Chief Ikiogha, who is one of the founding member of the PDP in Bayelsa state had served in different offices in the state including Commissioner of Agriculture and Chief of Staff, Bayelsa State Government House. He said the decision to abandon the PDP was not to betray the friendship he had with former President Godluck Jonathan rather “a call to save Bayelsa from darkness.”
Nigerian Pilot gathered that Chief Ikhighoa’s decision to move to the APC was due to the strained relationship between him and the duo of Governor Dickson and former President Jonathan.
Chief Ikhiogha said the decision to join the APC was based on what he called “the worrisome crisis of confidence rocking the PDP in the state and the hijack of the party by few persons with selfish ambitions.”
He noted that he had already found a home in the APC since the day he decided to join the fold of the progressives adding, “my constituents, the masses for whom I have lived and to whom I dedicate all my political victories have agreed that I should leave the PDP.”
He said he had since found out that he was on the right path, just as he urged those in the PDP government not hunt those of them who had chosen to leave the party or carry out hate campaigns against them.
He added, “As I make this move, I am just convinced that we are on the right path. That is why I am urging all my compatriots who are still in the PDP to take that step and join us. I have seen life. I have seen hope. I have seen freedom. I have seen warmth. I have seen friendliness. APC is a family to be and behold.
“Unhappy as some people may be, troubled as my former allies in the PDP government in the state may be because of the light they have yet to see, I am urging them to play politics with love and not to haunt and chastise those of us who have decided to quit.
“Campaigns of hate will not help us, even as I am no longer in the PDP, former President Goodluck Jonathan is still my friend and big brother.”
It will be recalled that Ikiogha resigned his appointment in October 2014 to contest the House of Representatives seat for Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma on the platform of the PDP but was denied the ticket.

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