By Lateef Ibrahim
Special Adviser (SA) to Governor Seriake Dickson on Public Affairs, Daniel Alabrah, has declared that the defection of some prominent members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state and resignation of a number of aides to his principal, won’t affect the chances of PDP in the November 16 gubernatorial election.
Alabrah, in a statement yesterday, insisted that the coast remains quite clear for the victory of PDP’s candidate, Senator Douye Diri, adding that the structures for winning elections in Bayelsa State belong to the party.
According to him, “None of the persons who have defected have said that it was because of the candidature of Senator Douye Diri. They didn’t say that Senator Diri’s candidature was not acceptable to them. They had their reasons.
“There are those who had defected because they believe that they would rather want to be on the federal side. They are already believing that the APC has won the election. Some of them have their personal reasons. Like one of them said he was going to face his legal practice. That he wants to go into private practice.
“In the case of Ebebi (Peremobowei), former deputy governor and an erstwhile speaker, well, he has his reasons. I have nothing against him. But I think that there is no way these defections will affect the party.
“Come to think of it, who are the persons that have even defected? In 2015, 2016 election in the state, many persons had defected by this time. Prominent members of the party had left, including the chairman of the party. But what happened? PDP still won and some of them found their way back to the party.
“So, it is the season of defection. It is the season of politics and politics goes with defection particularly in Nigeria at a time like this.
“Personally, I do not think it would affect the chances of PDP. Because the outgoing governor has laid a foundation that you can see and attest to. He has done well in so many areas that you can use his achievements to campaign for PDP as a party that has done well in the state.
“Mind you, PDP has been the only party that has ruled Bayelsa since 1999. So, every progress you see in Bayelsa today is attributable to the Peoples Democratic Party. The structures for winning election in Bayelsa belong to the Peoples Democratic Party. Those structures are in the Peoples Democratic Party,” Alabrah stated.
The SA, who is a member of Media and Publicity Committee, Bayelsa State PDP Campaign Council and one-time Head of Media and Communication, Presidential Amnesty Programme, maintained that Senator Diri stands head and shoulders above other candidates in the coming governorship poll, in terms of experience and pedigree.
According to him, “Senator Douye Diri is experienced both in the legislature and the executive. You must also remember that he has a background in Ijaw activities. He was the first organizing secretary of the Pan Ijaw socio-cultural group, that is, the apex Ijaw socio-cultural group, the Ijaw National Congress before he vied into holding political offices.”