- The APC and the PDP are trading blame over the violence on defection controversy that broke out
- PDP leadership claim that some thugs loyal to the APC leadership allegedly attacked some politicians and their supporters who defected to the ruling party
- APC however, dismissed the claim as a deliberate outburst meant to instigate hatred and confusion
The All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Twon Brass, Brass local government area, Bayelsa state, are at each other’s throat over alleged violent confrontation between their supporters, Vanguard reports
NAIJ.com gathered that the PDP leadership, led by a former local council chairman, Chief Ingo Sylva, claimed that some thugs loyal to the APC allegedly attacked some politicians and their supporters who defected to the ruling party.
However, APC, through its Brass council chairman, Chief Ayerite Kwesi, dismissed the claim as a childish outburst meant to instigate hatred and confusion in the council.
The PDP chairman in Brass LGA, Philemon Dickson, said the APC had lost its electoral value in the council following the defection of some of its leading members to the ruling party.
He said: “The PDP has taken over Twon Brass. All notable politicians in APC have decamped to PDP, including Emmannuel Charles (ex Assembly member) and Ingo Sylva (two-time chairman of Brass Council) under PDP. Ingo was the game changer in APC and the party’s only hope. Now that is no more, APC has zero electoral value in Brass.”
The APC leadership in the council, in a statement, dismissed the claim as unfounded, saying: “Let it be noted that Brass LGA is completely for the APC and we are not moved by the reported defection, temporary migration for economic reasons, of any of our members. We are strong and united as ever before and this will be made clearer in the forthcoming general election.”
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that as the race for 2019 builds-up, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is struggling to hold on to its members as 5,000 of them defected to the All progressives Congress (APC).
Leadership reports that the members were led by a top grassroots politician Chief Morris Idamikposi Igaki on Friday, January 18.
According to the defectors, they participated in the campaign and politics of Governor Seriake Dickson but he abandoned them.
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