- Some PDP aspirants in Bayelsa have dumped the party over the incidents of violence recorded during its primaries
- According to the aggrieved aspirants, the Bayelsa chapter of the PDP made a mockery of democracy during the primaries
- One of the aspirants stated that even as an aspirant standing for the primary, he was shot at, by hoodlums mobilised to attack his supporters
Udengs Eradiri, the immediate past president of the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide; Elvis Dokenmezuo, a former Bayelsa Youths chairman; and other aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa, have dumped the party.
According to Punch, they based their decision on the violence, rigging and imposition of candidates that allegedly characterised the party’s primaries in the state.
Legit.ng gathers that Eradiri, who was seeking the party’s ticket for the House of Representatives, Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma Federal Constituency, abandoned the PDP for a yet-to-be-identified party; while Dokenmezuo, who is aspiring for the state House of Assembly, dumped the PDP for the Youth Democratic Party.
According to the other aggrieved aspirants, the Bayelsa chapter of the PDP made a mockery of democracy during the primaries. Hence, they said that they could no longer belong to a party of injustice.
Eradiri, speaking in Yenagoa, the state capital, on Thursday, October 4, expressed dissatisfaction with the conduct of the primaries.
He said: “Well, I was a member of the PDP and was dissatisfied with the way the primaries went, right from when ward congresses were conducted. Ward congress elections did not hold, yet names of delegates were written. We protested but nothing was done about it.
“At the primaries of Wednesday (October 3), I saw the height of an undemocratic process. In fact, 12 wards from my federal constituency were excluded.
“Violence was unleashed on our people. People were mobilised to violently attack our supporters. Even as an aspirant standing for the primary, I was shot at. The same thing applies to my delegates who were scared out of the election venue. The party did not adhere to all principles of the true, free and fair democratic process.”
This development follows a previous report by Legit.ng, that Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state had dumped Senators Foster Ogola and Emmanuel Paulker, ahead of the primary election for senatorial seats in the state.
Ogola is the senator representing Bayelsa West senatorial district, while Paulker is the senator representing Bayelsa Central senatorial district.
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