The bid by a former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Timi Alaibe to clinch the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is hanging in the balance, as a group is demanding a public apology from him.
The group, Bayelsa PDP Restoration Foot Soldiers are insisting that before Alaibe can contest for the PDP ticket, he must apologize for abandoning the party at its most critical period.
The group also contended that the former NDDC boss lacked the moral right to vie for the PDP’s ticket having serially betrayed the party particularly at its trying times.
The group stated this in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Ebi Lawson on Saturday, adding that it was against the principles of natural justice, equity and good conscience for Alaibe to be making efforts to harvest in a farm he did not cultivate.
According to it, though Alaibe had the constitutional right to contest the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa, without public apology to all loyal members of the PDP in Nigeria and especially in Bayelsa, he was not qualified to be called a member of the party.
It said it was on record that the ex-NDDC boss allegedly betrayed the PDP when the party needed men of character, will and purpose to survive the hurricane of the opposition. He added that immediately the opposition emerged at the federal level, he abandoned the PDP.
The group further noted that after the loyal PDP members made sacrifices under Dickson’s leadership to stabilise the PDP, Alaibe noticing the strength of the party he abandoned at its trying moment in the state, returned to it.
“In fact, to worsen his case, Alaibe was accompanied to the headquarters by some self-serving politicians and the so-called leaders who have yet to clear themselves of allegations of anti-party activities in the last election that distracted the PDP and caused the manipulation of elections in some parts of the state, which landed our party in court to recover two House of Representatives seats and one senatorial seat”, the group said.
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