Odede resigned from the PDP, and the governor’s top aides followed suit by quitting their jobs to support Sylva.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders in Bayelsa, including Nunieh Odede, the party’s youth leader, have left the organisation.
Prior to the state election on November 11, Odede and others switched their allegiance from Governor Douye Diri to Chief Timipre Sylva, the APC’s candidate for governor.
Odede announced his resignation from the PDP in a handwritten letter that was seen on Monday in Yenagoa. Other key aides to the governor also left their roles to support Sylva.
Julius Bokoru, Sylva’s special adviser for media and publicity, acknowledged that Odede met with the APC governorship candidate in a statement he signed on Monday. At the meeting, Odede reportedly said: “We have worked with the PDP for years, and we helped the party grow to where it is today.”
“Given what is happening in the state, it is essential that we go forward right away.
“Bayelsa is unconscious, and we cannot continue to act in the same way and hope for success.
Sincerely, we are leaving the PDP to prevent further devastation of our beloved state.
In the statement, Sylva was also described as praising the bravery of Odede and other defectors who put the welfare of the state ahead of personal benefit. The statement by Sylva reads as follows: “they are always the driving force of every society; they also embody and provide a trajectory for what the future will look like.
“Your actions today are selfless and heroic.
“You have prioritised the state above yourself and even the elections.
“You instill in us all the belief that Bayelsa state will succeed.”
The Director of the Bayelsa State Environmental Authority, Abiah Oyisor, and the Governor’s Representative for the Yenegoa Local Government Area, Ayaye Obuma, were among those named in the statement as PDP defectors to the APC. Itu Goodluck, Timipa Ile, and Olali were the governor’s additional assistants.
Bokoru added that hundreds of their followers would attend a formal endorsement event where the defectors would be officially welcomed. He said that the defection made it less likely for Diri to take the capital city of Yenagoa, particularly the Epie/Atissa kingdoms, where he said Sylva was making tremendous progress.
The statement further confirmed that Joshua Maciver, an APC candidate for deputy governor, recently got thousands of defectors from Sagbama LGA, which is also the residence of Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Diri’s deputy governor.