Posted by News Express | 16 August 2019 | 1,713 times
Some of aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) In Bayelsa State including former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Chief Timi Alaibe, and Dr. Chris Osaisai, and others have become panicky as the September 3, 2019 primaries of the Party draws closer.
The Association of Concerned Bayelsa Professionals (ACBP), Chief Jasper Timiebi, made the allegation in a statement on Thursday. He claimed that the aspirants have devised a plot to cause premeditated violence and instability in Bayelsa with the intent to arm twist national leadership of the PDP to move the primaries to Abuja or the neighboring Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Timiebi said that security intelligence at the disposal of the group revealed that the aspirants are deploying their men to plant bombs, engage in sporadic shootings, to create a non-existent threat of violence to actualise their plot to move the primaries outside Bayelsa contrary to the stipulations of the law.
He said that the ACBP, a body of professionals across the eight local government areas of the state, was concerned about the increasing desperation occasion by blackmail and the evil plot to unleash mayhem and killings in Bayelsa just to achieve a satanic plot.
Timiebi stressed that the aspirants behind the evil plot against Bayelsa and her people were worried about the influence of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson who have led the Restoration Team of the PDP for almost eight years since 2012.
He recalled that the said aspirants instigated and indeed sponsored litigations to frustrate the decision of the PDP led government to conduct the last local government elections without success.
According to him, when the government vacated all the cases numbering five that were instituted against the conduct of the polls in Abuja, Yenagoa and other cities, the aspirants decided to go opt for a second option to frustrate the participation of the elected council officials in the primaries.
Timiebi insisted that the ACBP which monitored the election in the state observed that it went well with its outcome asserting the massive influence of the governor in the state.
He said that the Campaign Organisation of the one contestants Osaisai wrote a petition dated August 10, 2019, to the National Chairman of the PDP, in which he claimed that there were threats to the peaceful conduct of the gubernatorial primaries in Bayelsa.
According to him, the petition signed by Dr. Ebieri Jones, is kicking against the inclusion of the elected chairmen and councillors as delegates in the primaries as provided for in the PDP constitution.
He said that the petition addressed to the PDP National Chairman copied all members of the National Working Committee, the Chairman and Secretary of the party’s Board of Trustees.
Timiebi said that ACBP was motivated by a strong urge to ensure that the search for the next governor of Bayelsa State was not tainted by underhand tactics and evil machinations by desperate politicians who would stop at nothing to be foist themselves on the state.
He enjoined all the aspirants to play by the rule and embrace the repeated slogan of former President Jonathan that nobody’s ambition is worth the life of a single Bayelsan.
He urged the aspirants to talk to the delegates rather than yielding their campaigns to a desperation ignited by the fear of defeat, adding that only a candidate would emerge out of the 21 aspirants.
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