Hon. Ibarakumo Otobo and Hon. Asari Mangite , two aides of the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson on Wednesday resigned their appointments and joined All Progressive Congress(APC).
According to information made available to Nigerian Current, Otobo and Mangite resigned their appointments as State Commissioner for Youths Development and the Special Adviser on Grassroots mobilization, and defected to the All Progressive Congress(APC).
The two former aides cited issues of dormancy and none appreciation of their political worth within the fold of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Former Governor and leader of the APC in Bayelsa, Chief Timipre Sylva, while speaking at the State Party Secretariat in Yenagoa during the welcome reception for the two Dickson’s aides, noted that the defection is the beginning of the end of the ruling PDP in the State.
Sylva, who was represented by the APC member of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Isreal Sunny-Goli, congratulated the defectors and their teeming supporters for making the right decision.
According to Sylva, ” this is the best decision you can make. Gov. Dickson claimed to be running a restoration government but he is only restoring poverty in Bayelsa State. We are ready to take over the creek Haven seat of government House in 2019/2020.”
“Everything you see, from the sack of workers, killings in Ammassoma, increased crime rate, hunger and frustration, etc are not what our people bargained for in the state. Now, because the so-called reforms in the civil service have failed, they started embarking on town hall meetings. This is what they should have done before they started the reforms.”
Also speaking, the State Chairman of the APC, Mr. Jothan Amos, said the decision by the Commissioner and Special Adviser in Governor Dickson administration to resign is not a play thing, ” it is an indication that the APC is taking over Bayelsa. APC at the National level is doing well and we must replicate it at the State. ”
“Our party does not bring hardship to the people, but the PDP brought pain and suffering to the people of Bayelsa. I can assure you that more people are coming to join the APC boat. The people are crying, and we are out to give them hope and direction. To stop Dickson from producing his successor is a task that must be done.”
In his remarks, the defected Commissioner for Youth Development, Hon. Ibarakumo Otobo, said he has resigned his appointment, and joined the APC, “I have the right to choose political party as a citizen of Nigeria. I am not afraid of anything or anybody. I am for APC and bye bye to PDP. I don’t go anywhere that is a failure. I have come to the APC to succeed. ”
For the defected special Adviser on Grassroots Development, Hon. Asari Mangite, since his appointment into the PDP administration in the state, “I don’t a have a work schedule and I am redundant. If you have a car, you know it needs to be fuelled, but in PDP it is not like that.”