Bayelsa PDP To Defectors: You’re Selfish And Ungrateful

Seriake DicksonThe decision by a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa State, Chief Alex Ekiotenne and his followers to dump the party for the All Progressives Congress, has been described as not only embarrassing, but disgraceful.
The Bayelsa PDP, which made its position known on the matter on Saturday, said such defection was motivated by greed just as it pointed out that Ekiotenne and his supporters were people who had benefitted immensely from the Seriake Dickson administration in the state.
Ekiotenne, who dumped the PDP some few days ago, accused the Dickson administration of derailing and not getting its priorities right.
He had also alleged that the current administration had squandered its political capital and that the psyche of the people of the state had broken down irretrievably under the governor.
But the party in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Osom Makbere, described the elder statesman as a self-centred politician.
Makbere stated that Ekiotenne, who is the Publicity Secretary, Bayelsa Peoples Consultative Assembly, had allegedly benefitted so much from the present administration, in terms of award of contracts and appointments of his siblings, relations and close associates.
Calling on him to tell Bayelsans the truth and the main reasons for his sudden defection, the PDP said his action was being motivated by greed and selfishness.
The party noted that the self-styled BPCA spokesperson was defecting to the APC because Governor Dickson turned down his [Ekiotenne’s] request to hire one of his guest houses for a monthly fee of N150m, as was the case during the previous administration in the state.
Dickson, according to the statement, saw the hiring of the said guest house as unnecessary and a waste of the scarce resources of the state and immediately rejected the request.
This reason, and none other, was why Ekiotenne, who was Honorary Special Adviser to Dickson, dumped the PDP for APC.