The crowd at Peace Park, opposite the State Government House in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, indicates that something big is happening.

Young residents of Bayelsa had gathered with their brooms like it was a gathering of the All Progressives Congress (APC). 

You could hardly notice it was not an APC gathering except you have taken time to read a few banners around the venue.

It was a gathering of the ruling party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but the APC members have come in their number, all speaking one language - DEFECTION.

They are moving to the PDP and Rufus Angbari, a former Chairman of the APC in Bayelsa, is leading the defectors. 

November 1 will go down in history for the PDP, as it appears the party has caught a big fish that is now dragging other followers into the fold. 

The big banner at the venue that welcomes the defecting APC members tells it all. 

APC members defect to PDP

Mr Angbari told Bounce News that the APC had no future in Bayelsa. 

He said he was bringing fresh ideas to the table and that through him, ljaw people were speaking with one voice.

"We, Ijaw people, must unite under one party, the PDP," he said.

"Any government that comes to power, I am an inner member, that is why they call me the Engineer.

"I am bringing in fresh ideas that will move the state forward," the former APC Chairman said.

Rufus Angbari
Rufus Angbari says he is bringing fresh ideas to the PDP

Mr Angbari said he was defecting to the PDP with Nathan Egba and a few other persons who were coming to work for the upliftment of the PDP. 

He is from southern ljaw Local Government Area which is the biggest in the state, with over 100 communities and hopes to drag his supporters to the PDP.  

People say he hopes to get political appointment too from the PDP-led government in the state.

The APC chieftain about to officially declare for the PDP asked all indigenes of Bayelsa to support Governor Seriake Dickson. 

APC members defect to PDP
Crowd of PDP supporters wait patiently for the ceremony to begin

The stage is set the crowd is huge and they are all waiting for the Governor to arrive for the ceremony to begin. 

Dancers have already taking the stage and are shaking their waist and entertaining the crowd in welcome of the man that is popularly referred to as Engineer to the PDP. 

APC members defect to PDP
Some women members of the PDP celebrating ahead of the defections 

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