From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa
Mass defection of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Party (APC) is imminent.
This is even as former political associates and appointees of former governor Timipre Sylva, who refused to decamp with him to the APC are now begging for forgiveness from Sylva for allegedly betraying him.
The defection process, which is being concluded, is to follow that of the lawmaker representing Yenagoa constituency 1, Alfred Egba, who dumped PDP recently, citing alleged hijack of the party’s structure and leadership crisis at the State Executive Committee that has produced two chairmen, Col Samuel Inokoba(retd) and Chief Serena Dokubo- Spiff.
Checks revealed that some members of the party, who worked against the interest of the PDP at the just concluded State House of Assembly election had decided to move to the APC apparently to escape the wrath of the party.
The party members, who strongly suspect that they were the target of the committee set up by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson to probe anti-party activities during the 2015 elections have perfected plans to move before the hammer falls on them.
Investigations revealed that they had been sending emissaries to Sylva begging him for forgiveness. A source close to the former governor said political associates , who stood by him have also been receiving several calls from those itching to come back.
Sylva, who was said to be busy with the assignments of the committee for the May 29 Presidential inauguration is believed to be disposed to forgiving his former political associates as he seeks to strengthen the APC in the state ahead of the governorship election.
However, the Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Osom Makbere, said the party was not losing sleep over the defection of some of its former members to the APC.
Makbere, who described them as politicians, who were not ideologically driven, said they were defecting to APC to enable them get political favours.
Describing those leaving the party as people of little relevance, he said they were political opportunists that should not be taken serious.
On the allegation that they were defecting because of the committee on anti-party, he explained that those found guilty of working against the interest of the party should be ready to face the consequences.
“I wish to add that anti-party is treacherous and it is like a woman pathologically given to adulterous animus. There is every tendency that leukemia of treachery in the defecting is a virus they are carrying with them to the APC or the like party. Wherever they defect to, they should be watched cautiously for the overall interest of the polity”