Dickson gets automatic ticket, as PDP dumps primary ahead of Bayelsa governorship poll


Indications have emerged that Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, would emerged as the consensus candidate of the People Democratic Party, PDP in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.
It was also learnt that following heightened political activities in the state ahead of the election slated for later in the year, various groups are said to have endorsed the governor and more of such endorsements were also believed to be in the offing.
Sources in Wadata Plaza, PDP Headquatres in Abuja said on Monday that it was a decision already concluded by the national leadership because conducting a primary would not be in the interest of the party.

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The source, who is a key member of the party’s decision making body, said various issues were considered before arriving at the position which, he said, were all about the chances of the PDP to win the state in the next governorship election.
“Despite opposition to the governor, the party’s leadership thought it wise to give automatic ticket to Dickson because members were convinced that he was actually on the ground in Bayelsa State.
“Being an incumbent, it would be more reasonable because going into primary will likely divide the party more than allowing the governor to re-contest as a sole candidate with high possibility to win the election”, the source stated.
According to him, the issue of performance was considered with majority giving Dickson a passmark adding that consequently, the suggestion by a member of the Central Working Committee (CWC) of the party to also consider him on the right of first refusal not only as incumbent but a strategic state.
“The honour has been unanimously accepted and adopted. It is true Governor Seriake Dickson will likely emerge as our candidate for the governorship election …Read More

Source:: New Mail