Don't challenge Dickson at senatorial by-election - APC chieftain tells party
- A chieftain of the APC, Chief Richard Kpodo has advised the ruling party against looking for a candidate for the Bayelsa West senatorial bye-election
- The party chief noted that it would be a mistake for APC to deploy a disorganized structure against PDP who is organized in the forthcoming poll
- Kpodo added that Seriake Dickson built a strong structure in PDP, while their state leader Timipre Sylva, was pursuing a selfish agenda
A south-south founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Richard Kpodo, has advised his party to shelve the idea of fielding a candidate for the Bayelsa West senatorial bye-election.
Kpodo in a statement to Legit.ng insisted that it would be foolhardy for the APC to deploy a disorganized and demotivated structure against a highly-spirited and organized Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming poll.
The party chief, who spoke in Port Harcourt at the weekend, in Rivers state, said Dickson was poised to benefit from his hard work in holding the PDP together as one big family.
He said while Dickson as a governor built a strong PDP structure, which had been inherited by his anointed successor, Governor Douye Diri, the APC leader in the state and petroleum minister, Chief Timipre Sylva, was pursuing a selfish agenda.
The former security adviser to the Bayelsa state government said from 2015 when Dickson defeated Sylva to clinch a second term in office, APC had remained a faltering party in Bayelsa without any focus and direction.
He said the leader of the APC had demonstrated lack of leadership skill and careless attitude in handling party and political affairs in the state adding that his carefree disposition cost the party its governorship victory at the 11th hour.
He urged the national leadership of the party to change APC's state leader, embark on true and sincere reconciliation to build a strong and sustainable APC in the state.
Kpodoh said APC would only contest, win and sustain electoral victories in the state if it took steps to correct alleged anomalies in the party under Sylva's leadership.
The founding member of the APC said the senatorial slot was zoned to Sagbama local government area adding that parties thinking of presenting candidates outside Sagbama were wasting their time.
He warned against relying on federal might to win the poll saying those insisting on contesting against Dickson should test their popularity in a free, fair and credible election.
He said: "As it stands today, APC under Sylva lacks the elementary requirements to contest and win the forthcoming Senatorial bye-election against Dickson.
"I am not campaigning for Dickson, but I am stating the obvious truth. My party has lost its mojo in the state under Sylva. We need to build afresh under another leader.
"Therefore, APC doesn't have the requirements to win the Bayelsa West Senatorial bye-election against Dickson. We all know the political prowess of Dickson and how she built goodwill in the PDP by ensuring that he handed over to a PDP member.
"All the known political leaders in the senatorial district where the election is to hold are all members of the PDP. In Sagbama, the local government area of Dickson, the APC has never won an election there. Even some APC leaders in the area will work for Dickson instead of working for any candidate that will be presented by Sylva.
"We should stop living in self-denial. APC should be wheeled to the theatre for a reconstructive surgery before it can make any progress in the state. So, my party should not bother challenging Dickson and the PDP at the poll."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Kpodo predicted a landslide victory for former governor Seriake Dickson if he emerged as the candidate of the PDP in the forthcoming western senatorial by-election in the state.
Kpodo, in a statement to Legit.ng, insisted that Dickson as a senatorial candidate would have no problem winning the election for the PDP following his track records and his dogged political style.
The chieftain added that despite his disagreements with Dickson, he would not hesitate to look at issues involving the former governor and his political capabilities objectively.
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