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Bayelsa polls: PDP will retain the state – Amb. Igali

Former Nigerian Ambassador to the Scandanavian Region, Amb. Godknows Boladei Igali, has expressed confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will produce a viable candidate and win the November governorship election in Bayelsa State.

Igali boasted that Bayelsa is a PDP enclave despite the incursion of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last election, adding that PDP now controls about 70 per cent of the State.

He further predicted that the successor to Governor Seriake Dickson will emerge in the forthcoming rancor-free party primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), devoid of money politics and name-dropping.

Igali, who retired as a Federal Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Power and one of the leading aspirants to succeed Gov. Dickson, said despite the wrong permutations by some political analysts, the PDP will elect its party’s flag bearer among the best of many aspirants that have indicated interest to contest.

Igali, who made this known on Monday in Yenagoa said the delegates of the party will elect the governorship aspirant they know will improve on the achievements of the outgoing government.

“Some talk about the fact that money will play a key role in the primaries. But it is not about money. At the end of the day, the party delegates will not count based on the name-dropping of former President Jonathan and Gov. Seriake Dickson.”

He also said the duo of the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson and former President Goodluck Jonathan have assured all the governorship aspirants of the party a level playing ground during the party primaries in the State.

He added, “Political ambition is something that is healthy. It is tangible if a man can serve his people. We should be able to serve our people. I am glad that there are many people getting ready to serve the people. I have looked at the list and saw that they are all qualified. We all believe we have value to add and so it is good. It is only good for people to respect the rule of the game.”

Culled from Swiftreporters

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