- INEC has fixed October 31 for the bye-elections to fill Bayelsa West senatorial district seat
- Ahead of the election, the PDP has picked its candidate and it is none other than the immediate past governor of the state, Seriake Dickson
- Dickson who was unopposed has thanked his supporters for the opportunity
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Ex-governor Seriake Dickson has clinched the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for the Bayelsa West senatorial district bye-election.
The immediate past governor of Bayelsa state had no opposition as he was handed automatic ticket by the party.
“I hereby declare Seriake Dickson winner of this special primary election for the Bayelsa West senatorial district,” PDP Returning Officer, Nicholas Obhiseh, declared.
He polled 334 out of 338 accredited delegates during the primary election which held at Sagbama, party headquarters of the Bayelsa West senatorial district on Saturday, September 5. Four of the votes were declared invalid.
Vanguard reports that Dickson thanked his supporters from the senatorial district for making his senatorial ambition possible by giving him the party's ticket.
According to the ex-governor, there were several top political leaders who qualified for the contest but he was given the honour, which he greatly appreciates.
The Bayelsa West Senatorial District bye-election is scheduled for October 31.
Legit.ng had reported how the nomination of candidates for the National Assembly by-election in Bayelsa state tore the ruling party apart in the oil-rich state.
It was learnt that the former speaker of the state House of Assembly, Monday Obolo, and two others were indiscriminately disqualified from the National Assembly by-election race.
This sparked protest in the state as some aggrived supporters took to the streets.
Seriake was accused by the protesters of manipulating the screening process to pave way for the emergence of his favoured candidate as a reward for loyalty.
An All Progressives Congress (APC) founding member, Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, had earlier predicted a landslide victory for Dickson.
According to him, the PDP senatorial candidate would have no problem winning the election for his party following his track records and his dogged political style.
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