The Peoples Democratic Party and the main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, suffered a setback in their campaigns, as party bigwigs have started defecting ahead of the gubernatorial election.
APC party loyalists from Yenagoa and Sagbama were the first to defect earlier this week from the party to the state’s ruling party.
One of the defectors from the APC is one Mr Lecky Tamana, a member of Policy and Program and the All Progressives Congress Protocol Committee of the governorship campaign in the state. He is a grounded politician from Yenagoa, his home town. Another defector is the APC Chairman in the Sagbama Local Government Area, Mr Bofumu, who defected to the ruling party after a serious crisis hit his party.
The outgoing governor of the state, Seriake Dickson, who appointed Mr Tamana as a Special Adviser boasted in a press statement that the APC had nothing to offer the state and that was why he was expecting more defection before the day of the election.
Hopeful of the outcome of the election in favour of his party, Dickson assured Bayelsans of victory for Senator Duoye Diri in the November 16 election.
The Peoples Democratic Party also lost two of its loyal members from Nembe and Brass to the All Progressives Congress recently. The defectors, Mr Monday Gamage and Bello Diri, both crossed to the opposition party for one reason or another.
Recall that Gamage was appointed as a board member of Bayelsa State Environmental Sanitation Authority but rejected the offer and defected to the APC after a power tussle in the PDP Nembe chapter.
Bello Diri, the former Local Government Chairman of Brass Council, also defected to the APC to work with Mr David Lyon in clinching the governorship seat.