NEDU MARK YENAGOA
Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Electoral Panel for Bayelsa state governorship primaries and Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has declared Governor Seriake Dickson the winner of its primaries, scoring 447 votes.
Fayose said Dickson scored 447 votes out of 452 votes cast by 476 accredited delegates drawn from 105 wards across the eight local government areas of Bayelsa state.
According to him, out of the total votes cast, five were void, saying that the primaries election was conducted in an atmosphere of sincerity and transparency.
Declaring Dickson winner, Fayose said he was doing so because Dickson had scored the highest number of valid votes of 447.
“By the power conferred on me as the chairman of the panel, Dickson is hereby returned as PDP governorship candidate for the December 5th poll.
Speaking shortly after he was declared winner, Governor Seriake Dickson said the primaries was concluded in a peaceful atmosphere devoid of any atom of violence, intimidation and fraudulent activities.
A highly elated Dickson said, “power also does not come from the East, West, South or North, but only from God.”
He told Bayelsans that the PDP will campaign the All Progressives Congress, APC, out of the state as he described the opposition as a violent party, full of cheating and gun shootings.
Dickson also condemned the attacks by the opposition party on Bayelsans during their aborted primaries last Tuesday, adding that APC is a disorganized party.
“APC is a party full of cultists, cheats and violence. They are different from PDP. We are transparent in our dealings,” he stressed.
Accompanied by his wife, Dickson appealed to PDP members who decamped to other parties to return back to the party for better posterity.
“APC is a party that pours hot water on its delegates, stabs and intimidates members on a daily basis,” whereas
PDP is a party that is building roads, hospitals,and bridges and paying workers’ salaries.
Governor Dickson thereafter introduced his deputy, John Jonah as his running mate in the December 5th governorship poll.
Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was among the 452 accredited delegates that voted in favor of Dickson for the forthcoming poll.