More than 5,000 members of All Progressives Congress, APC, on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, moved to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Among those who defected to the PDP is Tarila Tebepa, a returnee former State chairman of the PDP; former chairman of the civil service commission, Monday Karibo; former Leader of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Stephen Erebo; former member of the House of Assembly,
Francis Otele and a former key chieftain of the part, Iro Kominibo.
Others are Geseye Isowo, former Commissioner; a former member of the House of Assembly, Johnson Alalibo; returnee former chieftain of PDP, Victor Awala; and former House of Assembly member, Hon. Ayiba Duba.
The defectors also include former Majority Leader of Yenagoa Local Government Council, Leader Stanley; and Chairman of Education Authority Ogbia, Alfred Eto Egesi.
They all led thousands of their supporters to defect to the PDP.
The defection took place during the 6th-anniversary celebration of the Restoration Government of Henry Seriake Dickson and Grand Rally, held at the Oxbow Lake Pavillion in Swali, Yenagoa, and witnessed by the national chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus.
Thereafter, the defectors dropped their brooms, the symbol of APC membership and threw them into the ocean, signifying the end of their membership of APC.
Secondus said: “Please drop your brooms. The broom has brought killings, hunger, and starvation. Never again will our people witness killing and hunger. I hereby congratulate you and welcome you to our party.
“We just came back from Abia State and the PDP governors are performing. This is the party that can rescue the country from hunger, killing, and starvation.”
The PDP chairman warned the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, against rigging and other forms of manipulation and irregularities in the 2019 general elections.