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Bayelsa Gov’ship: PDP will Win Despite Defections – Cleopas

By Udoyo Afahaeme, Yenagoa

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bayelsa State chapter, has said that the party would win the forthcoming gubernatorial election with or without those defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The State Chairman of PDP, Chief Moses Cleopas, said in a statement yesterday that the Bayelsa people and followers were not with the defectors who according to him, lack the requisite character, principle and integrity.
Cleopas also stressed that the defecting politicians are motivated by greed and inordinate quest for political positions being dangled to them by the APC.
The Party Chairman stressed that the PDP won the election convincingly in 2015 in spite of the spate of defections and would repeat the feat in the next election without such unstable characters.
The PDP Chairman was reacting to a wild frivolous claim by a former Deputy Governor, Chief Peremobowei Ebebi, that he was defecting from the party because of high handedness and fraudulent primaries conducted by the leadership of PDP.
He said that the difference between the party leadership and the defecting politicians was the lack of capacity to resist the temptation of suspicious political offers and even threats.
He recalled that the government regularized Ebebi’s position as a former Deputy Governor and approved a monthly pension of N2.5 million, for him which he has been collecting since 2012 till date in addition to other forms of material and financial support.
He said that it was rather shocking that Ebebi whose nominee is still a serving Commissioner could come out to launch a scathing attack on the government and the party in the search for non-existent reasons to justify his defection to the APC because of greed and inordinate quest for political offices.
According to the party Chairman, Ebebi was among the first leaders of the party to make a strong case for Senator Douye Diri, later discovered to be his cousin, as the best òf the aspirants òf the PDP to support in the primaries.
He said that it was even more shocking that Ebebi who had received and endorsed Diri and his team when they visited him in his Yenagoa residence opted to accept the position of the Director General òf the Chief Timi Alaibe campaign organization two days after.
He said that same Ebebi attended the flag off campaign rally of the PDP at the Oxbow Lake, on October 7, 2019, where he spoke in support of the PDP and its candidate.
Cleopas said information at his disposal showed that Ebebi submitted several names for appointment and employment after the rally which were carried out as agreed.
The PDP Chairman described it as the peak of absurdity for Ebebi to defect to the APC, using the PDP primaries as his reasons when the makeshift primaries conducted by the APC and the anger triggered by the electoral fraud in the party has resulted in several court cases challenging the emergence of the party’s candidate, Chief David Lyon.
Cleopas challenged Ebebi to tell Bayelsans and indeed Nigerians whether his impeachment from office by Chief Timipre Sylva was high handedness or considerate and whether the foisting of David Lyon on the APC in a most bizarre and brazen manner by chief Sylva was high handed on not.
He said that to the best òf his knowledge, the only request from Ebebi which the state government had not fully acceded to was the request to pay a grossly inflated debt of about N400 million purportedly owed his hotel by the state under Chief Timipre Sylva who he served as Deputy Governor.
Cleopas who also commented on another defected member, Hon. Stephen Diver, described his defection a shameless display of ingratitude to a government and party that have sustained him over the years.
He recalled that Diver who was the first Special Adviser to dive out the Government òf Sylva In 2011, and who was accommodated by the Restoration Government belonged to the class of Bayelsa politicians who are lacking in character and values.
According to him, it is a fact that the Bayelsa State Government which accommodated Diver from 2012 to date has spent almost N50 million to send him abroad for medical treatment on three occasions since he suffered a stroke and has been largely incapacitated in the past one year.
He said that it was absurd and indeed tragic comedy for this class of person to embrace the filth of blackmail against a government and party of which he has been a part for over seven years.
He said that Diver met with the governor about two days ago to pledge his loyalty and to debunk the rumours that he was holding secret meetings with the opposition in reaction to the burden of a conscience that was pricking him.
He said Bayelsans and Nigerians could now see the kind of people parading themselves as leaders in the state with the action of Ebebi and Diver.
Cleopas added that it was indeed curious that Diver who was one of earliest to back Senator Diri during the primaries , and later declared that he mobilized his supporters to vote for the candidate, could come out to say that he shared no political ideology with the candidate and his running mate.
He said the defections which have led to a gale of counter defections by the members of the APC who are opposed to them, have further strengthened PDP members from their areas who are angered by their ungrateful antics.

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