Why would someone who jumped ship at the slightest opportunity, fought his former political party bitterly from a new party, expect to be given the ticket of his old party after failing to get the nomination of the other party?
This is a poser being thrown at a former chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Timi Alaibe who is currently seeking the governorship ticket of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State.
To the Bayelsa PDP Restoration Foot Soldiers (BPRFS), Alaibe’s ambition is dead on arrival.
According to the group, Alaibe lacks the moral right to be among loyal party aspirants and will continue to carry that burden until he realises the importance of loyalty and commitment to a political party.
In a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Ebi Lawson, the group admitted that Alaibe has the constitutional right to contest the forthcoming governorship election in the state, but added he has to publicly apologise to all loyal members of the party in Nigeria and especially in Bayelsa or stands disqualified to be called a member of the PDP much less contesting any election on the platform of the party.
The statement read in part: “It is on record that Alaibe betrayed the PDP when the party needed men of character, will and purpose to survive the hurricane of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
‘Immediately the APC emerged at the federal level, Alaibe abandoned the PDP, jumped to the APC and tried to become its governorship candidate in Bayelsa.
“At that moment and for the purpose of realising his ambition only, he fought the PDP joining forces with the APC to uproot and dismantle the PDP in Bayelsa.
“He complicated the efforts of Governor Seriake Dickson and his dedicated restoration PDP members to fight for the survival of the PDP in Bayelsa but Dickson and his team survived the volcano and nurtured PDP back to life.
“Alaibe also failed in APC because of the principle of justice. Immediately he lost the chance, Alaibe melted away like ice from the APC and disappeared from every engagement of the party both at the Centre and in the state.
“But after we have made sacrifices under Governor Seriake Dickson’s leadership to stabilise the PDP, Alaibe noticing the strength of the party he returned to our great party and since then he has done nothing but to scheme his way to grab the governorship ticket of our party.
“We want to advise Alaibe to first and foremost apologise to the party for serially betraying it and joining forces with our detractors to end our existence. After the apology, Alaibe should exercise patience and show commitment in building a political party before thinking of using the party to run for an election. Alaibe must know that there are consequences for disloyalty.
“So far, with his trajectory, Alaibe is telling the world that a political party is only good as a platform to realise his ambition and that even without working for the party, he can walk into the party and become its candidate.
“Therefore, it is against the principle of natural justice, equity and good conscience for Alaibe to even think of contesting the primary election of our great party.
“If the governor and his loyal team had not fought to build Bayelsa PDP at its trying moment, would Alaibe have gone to obtain PDP forms to run on the platform? In PDP Bayelsa, there is no room for disloyalty.”