There are strong indications that a former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva and his loyalists in the New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), have finally dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
It will be recalled that Sylva was denied a second term ticket by the PDP.
In recent times the former governor was conspicuous in all the gatherings of the New PDP that culminated in the merger of the splinter group, including five PDP governors with the APC on Tuesday.
What is more, he posed together with the defecting members of the PDP after the merger was concluded in Abuja.
According to the anonymous source close to Sylva, the former governor toed the path of his leaders in the New PDP.
The source said,
“He contributed in midwifing the process. If the New PDP has joined the APC and ceases to exist, it means he has also joined the APC. He cannot back out of the decision of the New PDP.
He (the source) also disclosed that the possible obstacles to Sylva’s defection to APC had been removed.
These obstacles are connected with the case, which Sylva has in the Court of Appeal against his unlawful denial by PDP to contest for a second term.
That would have been a hindrance for him to follow the decision of the New PDP.
However, his lawyers and legal consultants claim that he is free to go, as what is happening now has no bearing on the case.
It was gathered that the new development had caused some ripples in the state chapter of the PDP with fears that some known political office holders in the state could defect to APC with Sylva.