May 15, 2021

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Dickson’s Deputy May Quit PDP

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The predictions made by political prophets and prophetess about what may befall the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa state after the governorship primary election are gradually coming to fruition.
Prior to the primary election, pundits had foreseen possible implosion and a gale of defection that may hit the ruling party in the state if the processes leading to the conduct of the PDP delegates election were not carefully handled.
According to our checks, one of the leaders of the party and deputy governor of the state, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John-Jonah is one of those nursing political injuries inflicted on him by the process and conduct of the primary exercise.
It was learnt that John-Jonah is not happy with his boss and the state leadership of his party for not showing him any element of regard during the process of selecting chairmanship and councillorship candidates for his Nembe local government before and during the LG polls.
We gathered that the body, spirit and soul of the number two man may have left the PDP, following what observers described as his dissatisfaction with the whole process and may soon make an official statement for his exit from the party.
Already, his immediate younger brother, Mr. Gabriel John-Jonah, who is a stalwart of the PDP in Nembe local government area of the state, has withdrawn his membership and announced his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Though he cited personal reasons for his action, sources close to him said he felt embarrassed by the way and manner his elder brother, the deputy governor, was treated by the leadership of the party especially when he was not considered by the restoration caucus in the selection of its preferred three governorship aspirants.
Political analysts are of the view that Gabriel John-Jonah could not have taken the decision to leave the PDP without the consent of the deputy governor, thereby adducing that the former naval officer may only be buying time in the party pending when he would make an official statement to quit the PDP.
When contacted, the media assistant to the deputy governor, Mr Ebi Evinson, however said his boss was still very committed to his party, describing John-Jonah’s rumoured plan to leave the PDP as “not true.”
Meanwhile, the PDP has continued to witness exodus of her members to the opposition APC following the animosity created by the processes that led to the conduct of the PDP governorship primary election.
One of the chieftains of the party that has joined the opposition APC is Senator Barigha Amange who cited impunity and imposition of candidates on the party as his reason for leaving.
The state chairman of the PDP, Mr. Moses Cleopas, in a swift reaction, said Amange could not claim to have defected from the PDP, explaining that the former national legislator had earlier cross-carpeted to the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and contested the Bayelsa East Senatorial District election.
In a related development, over 2,000 PDP members of the PDP in Southern Ijaw local government area of the state at the weekend dumped the party and pinched tent with the governorship candidate of the APC, Chief David Lyon.
Leading the park of defectors was the pioneer minority leader of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Mr. Target Sekibo who described their defection from the PDP as a mega plus to the APC and a boost to Lyon’s governorship race.
“We will make sure that Southern Ijaw Constituency 11 is for APC because David Lyon represents light, peace and unity, security, youth empowerment, development and free education. PDP has been buried in Southern Ijaw,” he said.
It could be recalled that penultimate week, it was widely rumoured that a political juggernaut in Nembe local government area, Dr. George Fente and his teaming supporters were set to quit the PDP for the opposition.
Though he is yet to make the move, there are indications that the PDP may lose more of its strong members to the opposition APC ahead of the November 16 gubernatorial election in the state following internal wrangling rocking the party.

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