By Ayo Kehinde
The Bayelsa chapter of the All Progressives Congress, has described the defection of its former Chairman, Mr. Tiwei Orunimeghe, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as good riddance top bad rubbish.
In a statement by the state publicity secretary, Mr Doifie Buoikoribo , the party said the ex-chairman was expelled for anti-party activities and therefore cannot claim to be defecting from the party.
He said: “What sort of civility and decency do we expect of a man who claims to have brought APC to Bayelsa State but turns around to say he left the party for “lack of mission and vision”? What manner of a man describes a party that he was once a chairman as having a “violent disposition”? What is the ethical orientation of a man that disagrees with his former principal, benefactor and political leader, and then turns around to abuse him in public.
Mr. Orunimighe, according to the party, left with “98 leaders and 5, 000” so-called persons said to have joined the PDP with him. They are not our members. Maybe they are PDP members joining PDP!;
“The Bayelsa State APC is neither a party of cultists nor of people with a violent disposition. We are a party of responsible, patriotic and peace-loving people. We are fully convinced that Bayelsa State can be better than the level of mass poverty, pain and hopelessness that Governor Henry Dickson had reduced it to,” said Buoikoribo
He said “Mr Orunimighe was a political nobody until the leader of our party, Chief Timipre Sylva, picked him and made him Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government Council during his tour of duty as governor of Bayelsa. It was Sylva that also made him Chairman of our party. And Orunimighe today is claiming that Sylva is not a politician;
He however wished Mr. Orunimighe and his “group good luck, and thanked them for coming out in the open, at long last, to identify with the party they have always done business with, including compromising our party during the last governorship election in the state.”