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Senatorial Election: More Defection Continues To Rocks APC In Bayelsa West

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The gale of defections rock­ing the All Progressives Congress continued on Fri­day as more core grassroots leaders and supporters of the APC defected to the Peoples Democratic Party 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 Henry 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.

He said that it was a provoca­tion for a member of the APC from Ekeremor to contest the Senatorial slot when it was the turn of Sagbama to produce the Senator.

He said that he and his group were angered by the fact that an Ekeremor person was nominated to contest the election when another Ekere­mor man, Hon Fred Agbedi, was already in the House òf Representatives.

He said that the decision of the APC to field a candidate from Ekeremor in violation of the wish of the people of Sagbama and Ekeremor was disrespectful and indeed unac­ceptable.

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 forth coming election.

 He said that the elections were not about one person but the entire Ijaw nation.

He thanked Mentor and his team for returning to the PDP which he said was their origi­nal party.

The former Governor, who commended the defectors for taking the right decision urged them to be courageous to await a total victory from the PDP.

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.

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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