Khartoum, 10 Feb 2018: SPLA-IO, through its deputy military spokesperson Col Lam Gabriel Paul, has on Saturday confirmed the redefection of top military officer from the sector of unconstitutional First Vice President Taban Deng Gai. Lam said Maj general Samuel Bidi Abieth has announced his defection from Taban Gai back to Riek Machar three days ago from Sudanese capital Khartoum.
Lam said the general has realized he was misled by Taban Gai only to be use for personal gain by Taban Gai and his inner circulars.
"The SPLA-IO is pleased to welcome back Gen. Samuel Bidi Abieth who rejoined us three days ago from Khartoum-Sudan and Gen. James Tot Jok Goi who rejoined us yesterday from Australia." Partly read the announcement.
"The duo were convinced by Gen Taban Deng Gai to work under his leadership in the regime; but they later realized that they were being used to achieve personal interest and wage personal revenge war rather than the national agenda" added the message.
He further said the two general after realized being used for personal gain decided to rejoined the mainstream SPLA-IO. " Thus, prompting their decision to come back to the people’s movement"
"The leadership of the SPLA- IO appreciates these two patriotic Generals’ decisions and welcome them back to the movement" concluded the message.