Yenagoa – Pick Running Mate’, is at liberty to choose any suitable member of the party from the senatorial districts of Bayelsa East and Bayelsa West as his running mate for the November 16 election.
The PDP made its position known in a statement in Yenagoa amidst tussle between stakeholders of the party from the two zones over who should produce the deputy governorship candidate.
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In the statement signed by the state chairman and secretary, Moses Cleopas and Godspower Keku, the PDP vowed to stand by any faithful and loyal member nominated by Diri as his running-mate.
The party said that there were two critical arms of government whose leaderships were important, namely, the executive arm led by the Governor and the legislative arm led by the Speaker.
It said that it would be left with no option than to zone the speakership of the House of Assembly and other offices in the party and government to the remaining zones for equity and fairness in accordance with the established tradition in the state since 1999.
The PDP state leadership stated that the party was not too concerned about a running-mate which, according to it, was like a senior adviser to the governor.
The party stressed that it had no reason to lose sleep over the issue of running-mate.
It stated that there were competent party members who the governorship candidate could select as deputy governorship candidate as well as committed legislators who may emerge Speaker of the House from Bayelsa West and Bayelsa East.
The party leadership said further that the history of sharing of political offices from 1999 to date had always reflected the principle of fairness and equity as follows:
1999: Governor :Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, (Central) Deputy Governor: Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, (East) Speaker: Rt. Hon. Heineken Lokpobi, Chief Peremobowei Ebebi and Boyelayefa Debekeme, (West);
2005: Governor: Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, (East) Deputy Governor: Peremobowei Ebebi, (West), Werinipre Seibarugo (Central);
2007, Governor: Chief Timipre Sylva, (East), Deputy Governor Peremobowei Ebebi, (West), Speaker: Werinipre Seibarugo, (Central.)
Following Ebebi’s impeachment: Governor: Chief Timipre Sylva, (East) Deputy Gov Werinipre Seibarugo, (Central), Speaker : Rt. Hon. Nestor Benabo (West).
2012: Governor: The Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson (West), Deputy Governor: Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah, (East), Speaker Rt. Hon Konbowei Benson, Rt. Hon Tonye Isenah (Central).
The PDP leaders said that the positions of the governor, deputy governor and the speaker had always been shared among the three senatorial districts, stressing that the governor and the speaker are the more powerful of the three.
The party added: “We advise party members and the general public not to lose sleep over the issue of the choice of running-mate. The party will support any choice made by the candidate.
“Those who wish to be on the ticket must first contest an election and not play foul politics by spreading blackmail and propaganda.
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