By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
ABOUT 1000 youth members of the APC in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, weekend, defected to the PDP.
They were received into the party by Governor Dickson at the Banquet Hall of Government House in Yenagoa.
Dickson told the youths that the future of the state and the Ijaw nation lies with them and challenged them to come out en masse to vote and stand firm to defend their votes. He said anyone who loved the Ijaw nation would not have anything to do with the APC and congratulated them for dumping it for the PDP.
The governor, who was elated by the decision of the youths led by Okilo Matthew described them as true patriotics and called them Patriotic Bayelsa Youth Forum and urged them to get ready for the task ahead. He promised to encourage them to enable them increase their membership and become relevant in the scheme of things. Dickson assured the youths that, there would be adequate security during the election, as he enjoined them not to be intimidated by any threats from the APC.
“This election is about Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC). Sensitize your members, friends and colleagues about the adequate security measures at all the polling units before, during and after elections. The era of ballot stuffing and snatching is a thing of the past. Don’t be intimidated by the APC threats,” he said.
He also told the youths that his administration is poised to continue making a difference in the lives of the people, who are ready to work for a better Bayelsa State.
His words: “The era of monkey dey work, baboon dey chop is gone for good. That is why we will be meeting with you after our victory to say a proper thank you.”
He later offered direct appointment to two of the group leaders, Okilo Matthew and Momotimi Macaulay and financial support to two young ladies in the group, Carloine Samson and Queen Soromo who are into bead making and salon services respectively.
Earlier, Matthew, who doubles as the Chairman of the Community Development Committee in the area, said their decision to ditch Timipre Sylva and the APC for Governor Dickson was informed by so many factors.