- Three principal officers under Seriake Dickson-led Bayelsa government picked nomination forms to contest the November 16 governorship election
- The aspirants deputy governor of the state, John Jonah; Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Kemela Okara; and chief of staff to the governor, Talford Ongolo
- The three aspirants who also belong to the governor's political movement said the development does not mean that there are cracks within the group
The Abuja secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) witnessed mild drama on Thursday, July 11 when three principal officers under Seriake Dickson-led Bayelsa government picked nomination forms to contest the November 16 governorship election.
The principal officers, according to The Nation, are deputy governor of the state, John Jonah; Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Kemela Okara; and chief of staff to the governor, Talford Ongolo.
Ongolo was reportedly the first to obtain his nomination documents, followed by Okara, then Jonah, all within a space of five hours.
The three aspirants are reportedly members of the Restoration Group, a political group led by Governor Dickson.
Besides the three aspirants, no fewer than three other members of the Restoration Group had also allegedly obtained their nomination forms in the last one week.
The three aspirants, however, said the large number of aspirants within the group did not indicate that there were cracks within.
The deputy governor said: “There are no cracks; if there is anything, it’s cohesion within the restoration family. People were expecting that by this time the governor will bring one candidate and say this is my candidate.
“They are speculating that others would not be allowed to show interest and they will be forced to just withdraw. That could have brought cracks. But in the thinking of the administration, we felt that those that have interest and with capacity to administer the state should show interest and we proceed from there.
“Other modalities would be worked out and at the end, we go for primaries. It is the primaries that would decide who becomes the candidate. All we are doing is to show that we are interested so there are no cracks. Anybody that says that would not be saying the truth or he doesn’t know what he is saying.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Senator Douye Diri (PDP-Bayelsa) on Wednesday, July 10 formally joined the governorship race in the state, saying he had no inordinate ambition for contesting the election scheduled for November 16.
Diri spoke with newsmen shortly after obtaining his nomination and expression of interest forms at the PDP National Headquarters in Abuja.
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