100 defect to PDP in Bayelsa


Over 100 members of  three political parties namely, Justice Party (JP), Change Advocacy Party (CAP) and National Conscience Party (NCP) have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State.
Receiving the new members at the weekend, during his monthly interactive session with members of the state working committee as well as executive members at the local government and ward levels of the PDP, at the party’s secretariat, Governor Seriake Dickson urged them to be loyal and work towards achieving success for the party at all levels.
Describing the politics of his administration as all inclusive, consultative and collaborative, Dickson said the defectors joined the party at the right time as the days of needless media wars were gone.
“When you have all these elders in the state and you combine their experiences and advice, you will always succeed.
“It is when you get into a position of authority and you raise your shoulders and you say like the foolish man in the Bible that you have arrived and there is no tomorrow; that to me is the beginning of failure.
“And that is why I always commend the support and prayers that I continue to receive from a broad spectrum of the leadership of this state and beyond.”
Governor Dickson stated that in the spirit of the new Bayelsa, the next monthly PDP meeting would also involve National Assembly members and leaders of the state to enable the party tap from their advice and experiences.
While noting that it was imperative for the state to remain united to enable President Goodluck Jonathan focus on national issues, he said the new Bayelsa is about consensus building and collaboration rather than confrontation.
“In the new Bayelsa, we talk not of confrontation; we talk of consensus building; we talk of collaboration, partnership and I would like what we are doing at the state level to permeate down the line. This state will continue to be a PDP state.
“Bayelsans know that the PDP means well and they know that when we talk of restoration, we mean it. And before their very eyes in less than two years, the state is changing. For us in the PDP, what we tell the people is that this is just the beginning; you are going to see more things.,” he said.   Commenting on recent developments at the state and national levels, Governor Dickson stressed that there was nothing like the new PDP in the state as the law court had also adjudicated on the matter.
He, however, cautioned members of the party against any division between those at the state and national levels and shun any act that could tarnish the image of the people and commended the support they had shown for the President.
Earlier in his remarks, Chairman of the state PDP, Col. Sam Inokoba (retd), had congratulated Governor Dickson on the honour bestowed on him as member of the International Advisory Board of the Lincoln University, USA.

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