..13 buy form for one constituency
Over 100 aspirants have picked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nomination forms to contest the State House of Assembly primary elections in Bayelsa State
The PDP state Chairman, Cleopas Moses, said 13 aspirants collected forms for only one constituency ahead of the September 13 primaries.
Moses said the development was a confirmation that the PDP remained a party of choice and the most formidable platform to win any election in 2019.
He spoke in Yenagoa on Saturday, during a live interview programme by the state- owned radio station, Glory FM also known as Radio Bayelsa.
He said: “I know the number I brought, to shock you I didn’t bring less than 100 forms, I thought there will be remnant but I sold all out. I needed to call the National Organization Secretary to send more forms across to me. So its clear that PDP is the best party to be as far as Bayelsa State is concerned.”
The PDP chairman advised all the aspirants to do their homework promising that nobody would influence the choice of the people to elect a popular candidate.
According to him, the party has learnt from its mistake of imposing candidates against the wishes of their people, adding that it was what led to its poor outing in the last general election.
He said: “Anyone that is aspiring for any of those 24 seats must know that it’s not a do or die affair. You must have a spirit of sportsmanship. At the end of the exercise it is only one person that will win.
“Those that are aspiring before time should note that if 10, 13 persons pick form from one constituency, it’s only one person that shall win, people should prepare their minds to be good losers because there’s no way all of them will win, its impossible.
“Our National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus has warned that this is a re-branded PDP where things shall be done according to guidelines and constitution of our party as well as the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. There shall be no form of imposition, if people buy form they must go for primaries.
“Those who are aspiring should know that consultation and understanding are still part of democracy. For me, I am an unbias uumpire and I remain so. And let me say this to you, on the point of sincerity, I don’t know who will emerge to be the flag bearer of my constituency.
“I have crossed my heart to be a free and fair umpire in this process. That is my covenant and my bond with my party members, to be impartial to a fault and I want Bayelsans and my party members to note me for that. I appeal to followers and supporters to respect the process and we will go by the rules.
“Anyone going in for the contest too must be prepared to respect the rules and you know just like in a football match when a player disrespect the rule, he will be fined, there will be penalty, there will be red card, there will be yellow card, and he won’t play football.
“I don’t wish anybody to be given any form of red card, that means there must be decorum because this party under the leadership of Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson have been taught how to respect rules. This is the new PDP in Bayelsa State where decorum and discipline are our number one watch words
“Bayelsans know that this is the only exco as far as PDP is concerned in Bayelsa State that has come this far. Getting to three years on board, no division, no issue of rancor, no infighting, we are not separated, we are united together for one reason to advance the course of PDP and to ensure that all elective offices in Bayelsa State are won by our party”.