The Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon Kombowei Benson, has bowed to pressure by withdrawing his bid to seek a 4th term at the State House of Assembly. He however picked the expression of interest and nomination forms to run for the Federal House of Representative seat of Southern Ijaw Federal constituency of the State.
Benson by thisdecision is running to replace Hon. Henry Ofongo as member of the House of Representatives from Bayelsa.
LEADERSHIP gathered that Kombowei Benson, who is considered the anointed aspirant of the state governor, Hon Seriake Dickson, succumbed to pressure after series of protest from stakeholders from his constituency 4 of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.
But an inside source told LEADERSHIP yesterday that the speaker’s decision was based on a directive by the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson to proponents of 3rd or 4th term at the State House of Assembly to jettinson the idea as it is generating bad blood among stakeholders in Brass, Southern Ijaw, Sagbama and other areas.
It was also gathered that it has also put to rest claims by some members of the State House of Assembly that they have been anointed to run for another term in office.
Meanwhile, No fewer than 100 aspirants have picked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nomination forms to contest the September 13, 2018 State House of Assembly Primary in Bayelsa State.
Confirming the development, the party chairman, Hon. Cleopas Moses, said out of the number, 13 of those who purchased the forms are from the Ogbia area where the former President, Dr. GoodLuck Jonathan hails.
Moses said the development confirms that PDP is a choice party and still remains the most formidable platform to win any election come 2019.
The party chairman, who spoke in Yenagoa during a live interview programme said, “I know the number I brought, to shock you I didn’t bring less than 100 forms, I thought there will be remnant but I sold all out. I needed to call the oational organising secretary to send more forms across to me. So its clear that PDP is the best party to be as far as Bayelsa State is concerned” he said.
The PDP chairman advised all the aspirants to do their homework as nobody will influence the choice of the people to elect a popular candidate.
According to him, the party has learnt from its mistake of imposing candidates against the wishes of their people, adding that it was what led to its poor outing in the last general elections.
“Anyone that is aspiring for any of those 24 seats must know that it’s not a do or die affair. You must have a spirit of sportsmanship. At the end of the exercise it is only one person that will win.
“Those that are aspiring before time should note that if 10, 13 persons pick forms from one constituency, it’s only one person that shall win, people should prepare their minds to be good losers because there’s no way all of them will win, its impossible.
“Our National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus has warned that this is a re-branded PDP where things shall be done according to guidelines and constitution of our party as well as the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. There shall be no form of imposition, if people buy form they must go for primaries.
“Those who are aspiring should know that consultation and understanding are still part of democracy. For me, I am an unbias uumpire and I remain so. And let me say this to you, on the point of sincerity, I don’t know who will emerge to be the flag bearer of my constituency.
“I have crossed my heart to be a free and fair umpire in this process. That is my covenant and my bond with my party members, to be impartial to a fault and I want Bayelsans and my party members to note me for that. I appeal to followers and supporters to respect the process and we will go by the rules.
“Anyone going in for the contest too must be prepared to respect the rules and you know just like in a football match when a player disrespect the rule, he will be fined, there will be penalty, there will be red card, there will be yellow card, and he won’t play football.
“I don’t wish anybody to be given any form of red card, that means there must be decorum because this party under the leadership of Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson have been taught how to respect rules. This is the new PDP in Bayelsa State where decorum and discipline are our number one watch words.
“Bayelsans know that this is the only execitive as far as PDP is concerned in Bayelsa State that has come this far. For more than three years on board, we have no record of division, no issue of rancor, no infighting, we are not separated, we are united together for one reason to advance the course of PDP and to ensure that all elective offices in Bayelsa State are won by our party,” the party chairman said.
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