No fewer than 25 members and key stakeholders of the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP), have dumped their party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State.
This is coming barely two weeks after the defection of over fifty members of the All Progressive Congress (APC), from Nembe Local Government Area to the PDP.
Among the stakeholders who left the ANDP include the National Vice Chairman, Dr. Nathaniel Ewhrudjakpo, National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Fortune Oyadonghan, State Secretary of the party, Mr. Endukapo Sapere-obi, among other executive and members of the party.
Speaking at a brief event at the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Chief Collins Cocodia, the National Publicity Secretary of the ANDP, Mr. Fortune Oyadonghan, recounted how they had supported the PDP, by adopting all its candidates at the last general elections.
He said the ANDP also endorsed and worked for the candidate of the PDP, Senator Douye Diri, at the last governorship election, a move that was totally accepted by the national body.
State Secretary of the party, Mr. Endukapo Sapere-obi, opined that the PDP remains the party to beat in the state, more so, the simplicity and doggedness of the miracle Governor, Senator Douye Diri, was enough to attract them to switch camps.
He lauded the governor for his giant strides in infrastructural development and other areas since he came on board, noting that they are ready to work for the continuous success of his administration.
The Special Adviser on Political Matters to Governor Diri, High Chief Collins Cocodia, while receiving the defectors, commended them for making a right decision of joining the winning team.
He equally expressed his gratitude to the ANDP, on behalf of the PDP, for their support to the Diri administration, before and after the election.
Chief Cocodia urged them to galvanize more support for the PDP, and also visit the PDP Secretariat, and ensure they participate in the e-registeration, so as to officially become members of the PDP.