3 October, 2020
By Simon Utebor, Yenagoa
The gale of defections rocking the All Progressives Congress continued on Friday as more core grassroots leaders and supporters of the party defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the Bayelsa West Senatorial bye elections scheduled for October 31, 2020.
Hundreds of APC members from Ward 6 of Sagbama Local Government Area led by Hon Mentor Bob abandoned the APC for the PDP during a major protest rally at the Toru Orua country home of ex-Governor Dickson.
Mentor and the APC members were received by the PDP Senatorial candidate, Chief Dickson, a member of the party’s Board òf Trustees, Chief Remi Kuku, the Senatorial Vice Chairman òf the Party, Hon Michael Magbisa, the member representing Sagbama Constituency in the State Assembly, Col. Bernard Kenebai, and other officials of the party.
The spokesman of the group of defectors, Mentor, said that the APC members were embittered by the brazen violation of the agreement on the rotation of the two National Assembly positions between Sagbama and Ekeremor Local Government Areas making up the district.
In his remarks, the senatorial candidate of the PDP, Chief Dickson, said while addressing the crowd that the APC candidate, Chief Peremobowei Ebebi, would not be able to win a ward in the forthcoming election.
Also, the people of Fatorugbene and Tamogbene Ward 7, In Ekeremor Local Government Area have declared total support for Chief Dickson during a solidarity visit.
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The team was led by a former Chairman of Ekeremor Local Government Area, Barr. Billy Toboye, former Special Adviser, on Domestic Matters to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr Obiriki, Hon. Pena Omuko, Hon. Julie Samuel Andy other stakeholders from the ward.
Toboye assured the former Governor of the unflinching support of the people and their votes during the election.
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