Sylva’s associates in Bayelsa abandon PDP

Former Bayelsa State Governor, Timipre Sylva.

Some members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa State have dumped the party and pitched tent with the All Progressive Congress.

Bayelsa is the home state of outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan.

The defectors include the member of the State House of Assembly representing Yenagoa Constituency Alfred Egba; his associates, Sonme Ogilogi and a former commissioner in the State Independent Electoral Commission, Tom Egba.

Mr. Egba, a close ally of former Governor Sylva said he decided to leave the PDP because the party no longer gave him the needed covering and was embroiled in leadership crisis at the state level.

“The PDP is clouded in series of controversies with parallel structures of leadership. The Party is surrounded by the emergence of a factional chairman of the party, while another person still claims to be in charge of the party leadership in the state.

“The PDP has been hijacked and there were many occasions when I was never aware of developments in my constituency and the PDP in the state.

“I have consulted with stakeholders and also sought the face of God before deciding to quit the party,​” ​he said.

It was gathered that the defectors’ decision to leave the PDP for the APC was informed by the new political profile of the former ​g​overnor, Timipre Sylva, and the rising disenchantment of members of the PDP over the high-handed leadership style of the State Governor, Seriake Dickson.

The regrouping by loyalists of the former ​g​overnor, Timipre Sylva​,​ is based on the battle to unseat the PDP in Bayelsa during the Governorship election holding later in the year.

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