Some governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State, including former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Chief Timi Alaibe, Dr. Chris Osaisai and others have become panicky as the September 3, 2019 primary election of the party draws closer.
Leader of the Association of Concerned Bayelsa Professionals (ACBP), Chief Jasper Timiebi, said in a statement on Thursday that the aspirants had allegedly devised a plot to cause instability in Bayelsa with the intent to arm-twist the national leadership of the party to move the primaries to Abuja or neighbouring Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Timiebi alleged that security intelligence at the disposal of the group had revealed that the aspirants were working hard to create a non-existent threat of violence to actualise their plot to move the primaries outside Bayelsa, contrary to the stipulations of the law.
He said the ACBP, a body of professionals across the eight local government areas of the state, was concerned about the increasing desperation occasioned by blackmail.
He stressed that the aspirants behind the plot against Bayelsa and her people were worried about the influence of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson who have led the Restoration Team of the PDP for almost eight years since 2012.
Timiebi recalled that the said aspirants instigated and indeed sponsored litigations to frustrate the decision of the PDP led government to conduct the last local government elections without success.
According to him, when the government vacated all the cases, numbering five, that were instituted against the conduct of the polls in Abuja, Yenagoa and other cities, the aspirants decided to opt for a second option to frustrate the participation of the elected council officials in the primaries.
He insisted that the ACBP, which monitored the election in the state, observed that it went well with its outcome, asserting the massive influence of the governor in the state.
Timiebi said the campaign organisation of one of the contestants, Osaisai, wrote a petition dated August 10, 2019 to the national chairman of the PDP, in which he claimed that there were threats to the peaceful conduct of the gubernatorial primaries in Bayelsa.
According to him, the petition signed by Dr. Ebieri Jones, is kicking against the inclusion of the elected chairmen and councillors as delegates in the primaries as provided for in the PDP constitution.
He said that the petition, addressed to the PDP national chairman, copied all members of the National Working Committee, the chairman and secretary of the party’s Board of Trustees.
Timiebi said ACBP was motivated by a strong urge to ensure that the search for the next governor of Bayelsa State was not tainted by underhand tactics and evil machinations by desperate politicians who would stop at nothing to foist themselves on the state.
He enjoined all the aspirants to play by the rules and embrace the repeated slogan of former President Jonathan that nobody’s ambition was worth the life of a single Bayelsan.