There was a strange celebration among members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State over the decision by the former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Timi Alaibe, to defect from the party to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Alaibe, who had moved from PDP to Labour Party (LP) and APC and now to the PDP, in his quest to become the governor of the state, is expected to formally defect to the PDP tomorrow.
Alaibe was also a governorship aspirant in the aborted APC primaries ahead of the 2016 governorship elections in the state.
At the APC secretariat on Tuesday, some members of the APC known as the Bayelsa APC forum, were seen jubilating and beating drums over Timi Alaibe’s decision to cross over to the PDP, insisting that he was never a bona-fide member of the party.
The director-general of the group, Comrade Ebiweni Elliot and Secretary, Loveday Lemanya, told newsmen that the decision by Alaibe has vindicated the position of the members of the party that resisted his attempts to hijack the party for his inordinate ambition in 2016.
According to Ebiweni Elliot, though he is free to move anywhere he wants, “he was never a member of the APC and he is among the last batch of moles planted by the PDP in the opposition party in the state. Now, the APC can jubilate and say good riddance to bad rubbish.”
Also speaking, the Secretary of the group, Loveday Lameyan said the steps by the party to reorganize and reposition itself ahead of the 2019 elections.
The Organizing Secretary of the APC, Hon Tonye Okio, said “This is a welcome development as Alaibe had been PDP at night and APC by day. His exit will create space for those who wanted to join us but stayed back because of him. He was never significant and kept on sabotaging the party so his departure is something we celebrate”