By Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa
A former Deputy Governor in Bayelsa State and distinguished member of the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP), Ebebi Peremobowei, has resigned his membership of the party forward of the November 16 governorship election.
Ebebi, additionally a former Speaker, despatched his resignation letter dated October 11 to the party’s Chairman in Ward three Alaebiri, Ekeremor Native Authorities Space of the state.
Ebebi’s abandonment of the PDP was described by party stakeholders as an enormous blow to the party particularly as it got here at a time he was appointed and listed as a PDP Coordinator West within the party’s marketing campaign council.
Apart from, it was gathered that Governor Seriake Dickson, was lately in a heat embrace with Ebebi, who assured him that his preliminary rumored defection was a fluke.
Nevertheless, Ebebi within the letter, stated he determined to depart the party after experiencing and enduring enduring an excruciating interval of a largely fraudulent inner democracy within the state chapter of the PDP.
He stated: “I’ve come to this difficult determination after experiencing an everlasting and excruciating interval of a largely fraudulent inner democracy within the state chapter of the PDP, disregard and disrespect for due course of as entrenched within the PDP structure and electoral pointers, high-handedness and desperation of the party’s management.
“The truth that my membership of the party is ending doesn’t diminish the good political expertise I’ve loved. It has been completely excellent.
“I am thankful for the opportunity the Larry gave me to serve the state in various capacities especially as a two-time Speaker of the State House of Assembly and two-time Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, which offered me outstanding political career development and enabled me gained irreplaceable experience in politics”.
Additionally different appointees of the Seriake Dickson-led Bayelsa State Authorities, have left their jobs within the ongoing realignments forward of the election within the state.
The Director, Ethics and Compliance, Due Course of Bureau, Benjamin Ogbara and Dickson’s Particular Adviser on Tradition, Chief Natus Zebakame, tendered their resignation letters on Thursday.
Others are Particular Adviser on Agriculture, Godspower Ake; serving Commissioner 1 within the Bayelsa State Native Authorities Service Commission, Berry Negerese; the Particular Assistant on Scholar Affairs, Iniruo Ipogi and Particular Adviser on ICT Growth, Intelligent Ebede amongst others.
Zebakame in his letter thanked the governor for giving him the privilege to serve the government and the people of the state.
He stated: “This is, therefore, a formal notification to the government and the people of Bayelsa State as the decision to resign my appointment is entirely personal”.
Ogbara on his half stated he took the choice to resign to allow him return to his non-public authorized observe.
He additionally thanked the governor, who discovered him worthy of the appointment and expressed his finest needs to the people of the state.
However the PDP in an announcement by its State Chairman , Chief Moses Cleopas, stated that the party would win the forthcoming gubernatorial election with or with out these defecting to the All Progressives Congress.
He stated the Bayelsa people and followers weren’t with the defectors who in line with him, lack the requisite character, precept and integrity.
Cleopas alleged that the defecting politicians had been motivated by greed and the inordinate quest for political positions being dangled to them by the APC.
He stated that the PDP gained the election convincingly in 2015 regardless of the spate of defections and would repeat the feat within the subsequent election with out such unstable characters.
The PDP Chairman stated he was reacting to a wild frivolous declare by Ebebi, that he was defecting from the party because of excessive handedness and fraudulent primaries carried out by the management of PDP.
He stated that the distinction between the party management and the defecting politicians was the dearth of capability to withstand the temptation of suspicious political provides and even threats.
He recalled that the government regularised Ebebi’s place as a former Deputy Governor and authorised a month-to-month pension of N2.5million, for him, which he has been accumulating since 2012 until date along with different types of materials and monetary help.
He added that Dickson additionally appointed Ebebi, as the Bayelsa State Consultant for the Niger Delta Growth Commission in 2014.
He stated that it was reasonably stunning that Ebebi, whose nominee was nonetheless a serving Commissioner, may come out to launch a scathing assault on the government and the party to justify his defection to the APC because of greed and inordinate quest for political workplaces.
In response to the party Chairman, Ebebi was among the many first leaders of the party to make a robust case for Senator Douye Diri, later found to be his cousin, as the perfect of the aspirants of the PDP to help within the primaries.
He stated that that it was much more stunning that Ebebi who had acquired and endorsed Diri and his group after they visited him in his Yenagoa residence opted to simply accept the place of the Director Basic òf the Chief Timi Alaibe marketing campaign group two days after.
He stated that very same Ebebi attended the flag off marketing campaign rally of the PDP on the Oxbow Lake, on October 7, 2019, the place he spoke in help of the PDP and its candidate.
Cleopas stated info at his disposal confirmed that Ebebi submitted a number of names for appointment and employment after the rally which had been carried out as agreed.
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The PDP Chairman described it as the height of absurdity for Ebebi to defect to the APC, utilizing the PDP primaries as his causes when the primaries carried out by the APC resulted in a number of court circumstances challenging the emergence of the party’s candidate, Chief David Lyon.
Cleopas challenged Ebebi to inform Bayelsans and Nigerians whether or not his impeachment from workplace by Chief Timipre Sylva was additionally highhanded.
He stated that to the perfect òf his information, the one request from Ebebi which the state government had not absolutely acceded to was his demand to pay a grossly inflated debt of about N400million purportedly owed his resort by the state below Chief Timipre Sylva, whom he served as Deputy Governor.
Cleopas, who additionally commented on one other defected member, Stephen Diver, described his defection as shameless show of ingratitude to a government and party that had sustained him through the years.
He recalled that Diver, who was the the primary Particular Adviser to depart the Authorities of Sylva In 2011, and who was accommodated by the Restoration Authorities, belonged to the category of Bayelsa politicians in need of character and values.
He stated it was a incontrovertible fact that the Bayelsa State Authorities which accommodated Diver from 2012 thus far spent virtually N50million to ship him overseas for medical therapy on three events since he suffered a stroke and had been largely incapacitated within the past one 12 months.
He stated that it was absurd and a tragic comedy for his class of individual to embrace the filth of blackmail against a government and party of which he had been a component for over seven years.
He stated that Diver met with the governor about two days in the past to pledge his loyalty and to debunk the rumours that he was holding secret conferences with the opposition in response to the burden of a conscience that was pricking him.
He stated Bayelsans and Nigerians may now see the type of people parading themselves as leaders within the state with the motion of Ebebi and Diver.
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