Jonathan’s kinsmen dump PDP for APC in Bayelsa


Some kinsmen of former President Goodluck Jonathan, including Senator Clever Ikisikpo have dumped the Peoples Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress.

They explained that their reason to join the ruling party was because they were no longer comfortable with PDP’s method.

Ikisikpo, a former representative of Bayelsa-East senatorial district in the Senate, made this known at a news conference on Tuesday at Kolo Creek in the Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
According to him, both past federal and state lawmakers as well as former political office holders from Ogbia dumped the PDP because “it was being run like a one-man business.”

The ex-lawmaker said they defected to the APC because of its transparency, internal democracy, equity and fairness in the party.

Ikisipo said, “What is happening is historic in the sense that we have now joined a new party and that is the reigning party.

“We will make sure that the APC becomes the ruling party in Bayelsa State and by the grace of God, come December 2015, the APC will take over this state. Of course, we are all ready to work as a team to make sure that we achieve our goal”.
The senator, who said he joined the PDP in 1998, explained that he left the party when it derailed from its founding principles.

He said the PDP was hijacked by “one man,” lamenting that the level of impunity in the party in the state was unbearable.

He said, “We formed the PDP in Bayelsa State. We made the PDP in Bayelsa but those who do not know how it came about came from behind and hijacked the party. I won’t belong to a party where there is a high level of impunity, so I went to a system where there is transparency.

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“I went to a place where the voice of every person is recognised, not a situation where only one person will dictate the pace for everybody. You cannot decide my destiny, because it is God that gave me that destiny.”

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