The Peoples Democratic Party has cleared 21 aspirants from Bayelsa state for the party’s governorship primaries scheduled for September 5, 2019 for the selection of its candidates in the November 16 gubernatorial elections in the state.
Speaking with news men in Abuja on Wednesday evening, the National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said 21 aspirants from Bayelsa State were cleared.
According to him, those cleared in Bayelsa State are Kaniebi Okoko, Great Maciver, Franklin Osaisai, Ndutime Alaibe, Benson Agadaga, Frederick Agbedi, Reuben Okoya, Diri Douye, Talford Ongolo, Kemlea Okara, Gboribiogha Jonah, Benson Konbowei, Godknows Igali, Johnson Kiyaramo, Paulker Emmanuel, Yariela Oliver, Anthony George-Ikoli, Robinson Etolor, Nimibofa Ayawei, David Alagoa and Igiri Ziperedein.
They were screened at the PDP National Secretariat Wadata, Wuse Zone 5,Abuja by the screening committee headed by the Governor of Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde.
Addressing the aspirants, the National Chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus said that the party had no preference as to the aspirants, who emerge the governorship candidates in Kogi amd Bayelsa states, adding that the party would ensure transparent governorship primary elections in the states.
According to him, ” the election of the ad hoc delegates will resume from Thursday. The elections will be transparently done to the satisfaction of all. The party and indeed the National Working Committee has no preferred candidates. We can’t do that to the the detriment of the party.
“Our only duty is to ensure that only the best candidates emerge. We will follow the rules to the letter because we want the best. Anyone that tells you that the party has a preferred candidate is deceiving you. The era of impunity in the party is gone.
“As the National Chairman, I will not preside where anyone will claim that he or she is the preferred candidate of the party.”