Bayelsa PDP chieftain defects to APC; denounces Jonathan

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Bayelsa on Friday received Fred Oboro, a chieftain of the state’s Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] into its fold.

Mr. Oboro, a former senator, was received by the state chairman of the APC, Timipa Orunimighe, as well as other party executives, including three senatorial candidates of the party in the forthcoming elections.

Speaking at a press conference to announce his defection, Mr. Oboro, who claimed to be a founding member of the PDP in Bayelsa, criticized his estranged party for lacking internal democracy.

He said President Goodluck Jonathan owed the state an apology for neglecting his home state during his six years as president of Nigeria.

“In 1998, we laid the foundation for PDP and nurtured the party to become the dominant party that it has become in the state, but the outcome of the recent PDP congress has destroyed the cohesion in the party,” Mr. Oboro said.

“The people of Bayelsa have been yearning for development, and we pledge that the APC presidential candidate (Muhammadu Buhari) would reverse the trend.”

Mr. Oboro noted that the state fared better under the presidents from the north. He noted that Bayelsa was created by former Head of State, Sani Abacha, while the amnesty programme currently enjoyed by the youths of the state was the handiwork of late President, Musa Yar’adua.

He alleged that the Ijaw nation had not benefitted from Mr. Jonathan’s presidency and said those campaigning for the president in the forthcoming elections were doing so based on mere sentiments.

Speaking at the occasion, Timipre Sylva, a former governor of the state and a senatorial candidate of the APC in the coming polls, noted that Mr. Oboro, who was a pillar in the PDP, would be an asset to the APC.

He noted that insecurity, widespread poverty and epileptic power supply would be addressed if APC was elected in the coming elections.

He said the APC would soon receive more credible politicians who have indicated interest in joining the party.

He said Bayelsa needed the rest of Nigerian society with its diversity to optimally exploit its abundant natural resources for the benefit of its people.

Welcoming Mr. Oboro to the party’s fold, state chairman of the APC, Mr. Orunimighe, noted that the former PDP chieftain was an asset to the party and urged him to join forces to enhance the fortunes of the party in the polls.


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  • john

    Pdp might loose Bayelsa if care is not taken

    • NazirJos

      Pdp has already lost everything! They’ve already lost confidence in Nigeria, especially now that change is inevitable.

  • true nigerian

    fani kayedo you better start thinking of your destination after election

  • true nigerian

    the next breaking news is to hear jona has decamped to apc

    • mk

      We will welcome him..and we will respect him as a president b4 February..jona most have known by now the problem of being surrounded by idiots and corrupt cabinet,except for being one of the corrupt.

      • Dam it.

        It’s unfortunate that it’s still these corrupt fellows that are migrating to APC. This imply that we may be jumping from frying pan to the fire if we insist on this change.

        • gbamgbam

          Felix Oboro in Osundefender of 24/1/15 during his defection ceremony says inter alia : “The problem of our country now is corruption, insecurity and economic downturn. Everybody’s concern is who among our political leaders particularly Gen Buhari and President Jonathan who are the flag bearers of the two major parties, has the credentials to wipe out the above vices. The answer from 90 per cent of the states is Gen Buhari.”
          Agreed ,GMB will defeat GEJ to wipe out the vices mentioned if there is free and fair election BUT how could a corrupt Oboro with no integrity,honour and who has been indicted for looting Embassy funds in Venezuela with impunity and other scandals wake up to blame GEJ for corruption,insecurity and economic downturn?lf OBORO is now a born again politician, he should refund looted funds immediately, to restore his credibilty.

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  • Comrade Cliff

    Felix Oboro or Fred Oboro? pt na wao. Felix Oboro my former political boss, always follows where he can make money mostly when it comes to join the opposition where cash is flowing. His target is to get money from Amaechi in rivers state where he resides in mile 4. He was ssg during DSP Alamieyeseigha 1st, Timi Alaebi used him as his campaign director against Alamieyeseigha which led to his resignation as ssg n since after Timi Atiku alliance, I have not heard about him as active politician n he ones nominated as ambassador to Japan but I don’t know if it was successful. Oboro journey to apc is bcos young politicians has taken over the PDP in d State, the current apc chairman Timipa Orunimighen is my brother but politically we don’t belong to thesame ideologies bcos while I was those 1999 PDP members, he was in app (anpp). He later join PDP n benefited very seriously but now he is back to apc. Thank God for his political life.

  • anneedu

    You denounce because u have a long throat, at the same time you’re scared of prison

  • wode

    Is GEJ even sure of winning in his state?