The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, on Monday gave reasons for last Saturday’s defection of some politicians from the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Nditimi Alaibe, Col. Sam Inokoba, and Senator Heineken Lokpobiri are among the politicians that defected to the APC at the weekend.
They were received by the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
Dickson, who spoke with journalists on the sideline of the 2015 National Security Summit organized by the Nigeria Police Force in conjunction with The Sun Publishing Limited in Abuja, said the politicians moved to the new party on the basis of greediness and selfishness.
According to him, they are all aiming for the governorship ticket of the APC in order to contest for the Bayelsa governorship poll.
Stressing that it was within their right to decamp, the governor said for the records, it was important that the public know why they decamped to the APC.
He said: “They decamped because each one of them wants to be governor and the PDP platform is not available.
“So, they are going to the next alternative and which in the case of the APC, is the party that has control of the center and by so doing, positioning themselves for federal appointments, which the PDP and I are not in a position to give to them.
“And they are hoping somehow that federal might, by way of security and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) manipulation will see their eventual flagbearer get into the government house, which is not going to be the case.”
Claiming that he is firmly on ground in the state, the governor said his people are of the view that his administration has done well and will troop out en mass on election day to vote for him and the PDP.
“We know the antecedents of each and everyone of them and we are confident that the people are not with them,” he added.