The new Governor-elect of Bayelsa state, Duoye Diri,has reached out to ex-members of his party, the PDP who defected to the APC after last year’s gubernatorial election.
Recall that after PDP’s crushing defeat in the November election in the state, members of the party in the House of Assembly immediately cross-carpeted to the ruling party in waiting. Diri, who is expected to be sworn in as governor of the state today needs those members if he going to be able to make legislative progress.
While addressing reporters on Friday, Diri, who polled the second highest votes, pleaded with PDP members who had left the party to return.
Asked if his invitation to the opposition party meant he would run an inclusive government, Diri replied in the affirmative.
“The members of PDP, who out of one thing or the other got angry and left us to APC, I’m waving the olive branch, please, come back,” Diri said.
“We have to build Bayelsa state together. I’m also calling on my brothers in APC they are Bayelsans, we cannot continue to be in disunity.
“Being in APC does not remove you as my brother of Bayelsa state. Whether you are Nembe, Okpia, Sabama, or Southern Ijaw, that is the region that God has brought us together and so, I am extending my olive branch even to those of my brothers and sisters in APC.”
Diri Duoye was trounced in the election according to INEC results. His opponent, David Lyon of the APC polled 352,552 votes while the PDP candidate secured 143,172 votes, leaving a margin of 209,382.
The Supreme Court however, nullified the election on the grounds that Lyon’s deputy was unqualified.