The People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) may have taken a major step towards its doom in Bayelsa state , following the condemnation of the list of preferred aspirants reeled out by governor Seriake Dickson towards the approaching governorship election in the state.
The list of the PDP aspirants was released ahead the party’s primary election ahead of the November governorship poll.
Dickson’s political family, the Restoration Caucus of the PDP, in a statement, named only three persons as members of the caucus that had indicated interests to pick the governorship forms.
They are the Chief of Staff, Government House, Talford Ongolo, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Kemela Okara and the Senator representing the Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, Senator Douye Diri.
Soon after the release of the names by the government, members of the party took to their various social media platforms to reject the choice of the governor.
While condemning the aspirants described as unpopular and stingy the party members said the party should be prepared to lose the state to the All Progressives Congress (APC) if it settled for any of the three aspirants them.
Most of the commentators, who said they would not allow any stingy person to fly the flag of the PDP, added that it was inconceivable for the governor to contemplate any of the three names as his successor.
Most of them urged the governor to drop the idea or they would be forced to vote for whoever the APC would present as its candidate.
One of them Onitsha Miepanmo wrote: “Dickson is a good man and has a golden heart for the Ijaw People. He cannot afford to see Bayesla People suffer after his successful two terms in office. But I was shocked to see an official statement from his Special Adviser regarding the forthcoming gubernatorial election.
“The announcement of three aspirants as preferred candidate among so many vibrant aspirants inside the PDP that will continue the good works started by the Restoration administration is uncalled for. I believe Dickson doesn’t have hand in this so-called stingy preferred candidates”.
In his reaction, Ibifaa Princewill, said the governor would play into the hands of the opposition if he decided to work for any of the three aspirants to emerge as the PDP candidate while Collins Baker described them as worst aspirants.
A known leader of the PDP, Tokpo Coronation, said none of the persons mentioned in the statement could win an election.