ODAHIEKWU OGUNDE, Yenagoa
The Chairman of Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Mr Victor Isaiah, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, alleging lingering internal crisis and segregation.
He also announced that he and his numerous followers had switched over to the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Isaiah, who was elected into office in 2019 as the council chairman under the platform of the PDP, has a month to the expiration of his mandate.
In his letter to the Ward 3 Chairman of the PDP in Brass dated July 8, 2022, Isaiah thanked the PDP and noted that he was not unmindful that the desire to join political party was to bring the dividends of democracy to the people.
The council boss, who said that that desire still remained burning in him, however, pointed out that he did not see the PDP as a party on which platform he could actualise the desire to serve the people.
Isaiah noted that it was unfortunate that his political history would be incomplete without mentioning the PDP.
He said: “Most of us are in politics to bring infrastructural development and other democratic dividends to our people, and a political party remains the platform through which one can wield the needed political power to actualize this desire.
“There is no doubt that this can only be possible if and when the party is united and guided by democratic principles and values, and has a leadership that gives all members a sense of belonging and hope for a better future.
“Disappointingly, this is no longer obtainable in the PDP especially in Bayelsa, as there is currently so much segregation among a large number of party members and stakeholders who fought hard for its present growth and acceptance.
“Based on my personal values, I can no longer remain in a party that is sharply divided and neglects die-hard members with no hope of solving the internal crisis, hence my decision to resign my membership. I and my supporters have officially registered as members of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and were warmly welcomed by the party leadership.”