Port Harcourt - An All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart in Bayelsa, Chief Diekivie Ikiogha, has urged the people of the state to support President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ikiogha, a former Chief of Staff to Gov. Seriake Dickson, told newsmen in Port Harcourt on Thursday that former President Goodluck Jonathan also enjoyed support from the northern part of the country.
He expressed joy that friends and colleagues in his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), heeded to his call to join him in the APC and support Buhari.
"I am gratified to learn that my clarion call to my colleagues, friends and my supporters in the PDP yielded the needed dividends.’’
He said the PDP would lose the Dec. 5 governorship election in the state because the people had made up their minds to support the president on the same political platform.
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"I had predicted the failure of the PDP in the state because Bayelsans want to support the Buhari administration, just as the North supported our son, Dr Goodluck Jonathan,” he said.
Ikiogha disclosed that he left the PDP in June, shortly after the general elections, as he was not among the members defecting to the APC on Aug. 15.
He said the inclusion of his name with the group was wrong because he joined the APC with other known political leaders in the state.
"Let me put the records straight. I left the PDP in a very well publicised ceremony in Yenagoa in June, shortly after the elections.
"So, it is a misnomer to now list me among another group that I also invited to join the APC to support President Buhari. It doesn’t add up,” he said.
Ikiogha said he would be among those who would receive the defecting PDP members into the APC fold.