Tuesday, 10 September 2013
PDP CRISIS: SYLVA SUPPORTERS IN BAYELSA EMBRACE NEW PDP
As the PDP crisis raises on across the country, Bayelsa State, the home front of President Goodluck Jonathan had not allowed itself to be in the status of mere onlookers. This played out on Monday when some political heavy weights, supporters of the former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva defected to the new PDP led by its Chairman, Alhaji Kawu Baraje and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as Secretary. The Sylva group was said to have been fed up with the lawlessness and impunity displayed by the party managers who they say subverted both the party's Constitution and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. They noted that there was every need to change the PDP from its darkness to light where righteousness, peaceful co-existence at all levels, and where Justice and fair play should be made the way of life.
The Supporters of the former Governor, Chief Sylva comprised of top politicians of the state amongst whom were, the former Security Adviser of the State Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, the former Honorable Commissioner of Ministry of Water Resources, Chief K.D. Francis Itioekife, the publisher of Spynet Magazine, Mr. Sidi Godwin, Alabo Martins, the former Chairman of Kolokuma/Opokuma, Hon. Ineye Igbainfegha, and many others all carpeted the old PDP its lawlessness and impunity . The group said, it has automatic follower ship because of existing structures put in place by Chief Sylva when he was governor of the State.
In an interview with newsmen the Chairman of the group, Chief Kpodoh announced names of coordinators in the state capital and in the various Local Government Areas down to the ward level. He assured that the New PDP under the tested leadership of Alhaji Baraje will reposition the State PDP to a Party of higher values and ideals, and therefore called on the people to join the train.
In a telephone communication, a close supporter of the former governor who preferred anonymity, told Golden Pen that their deflection to the New PDP from the Old was not made known to Sylva.
Following this development, President Jonathan is said to be visiting Bayelsa today Tuesday, 10th September to see that his home base be free from entanglement in the ongoing ravaging PDP crisis across the country.
Meanwhile there has been much tension in the State capital and its environ following threats and counter threats by militant groups from the camps of Asari Dokubo and Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta [MEND]. The venue of the meeting was not know as at press time.