By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
Peoples Democratic Party Elders in Bayelsa-West Senatorial district in Yenagoa, have called on Bayelsans to vote for a credible politician from the area as governor of the State come 2011.
Chief Alex Ekiotenne, a former commissioner in the State Independent Electoral Commission and spokesman for the Elders said politician from Sagbama and Ekeremor will no longer be used as king-makers in the race to Creek Haven, the Bayelsa State Government House.
Instead, he said, they will strive to work with other stakeholders in PDP to ensure that one of the leading political aspirants from the Senatorial District emerges as gubernatorial candidate for PDP during the party’s forthcoming primaries.
According to him, “right from the old Rivers State, the Bayelsa East Senatorial District have produced Alfred Diete-Spiff, the late Chief Melford Okilo and His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as governors, while the Bayelsa Central Senatorial District has produce Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha but the people from Sagbama and Ekeremor are the king-makers in all the political battles.”
The PDP Elders, he noted, want the two Senatorial Districts to give the people from Sagbama and Ekeremor a chance, to produce the next governor of the state, since they have worked for others, claiming that this is their turn.
The Elders at the end of their deliberation also selected “12 wise men” to facilitate and dialogue with other governorship aspirants so as to produce a consensus candidate for the battle for the PDP ticket.
The PDP Elders, he added, are unhappy with Governor Timipre Sylva for exhibiting arrogance and denying the district from producing the deputy governor after the crisis with Rt. Hon. Peremobowei Ebebi.
Some of the Elders of the party who attended the meeting include Chiefs Kemi Prefa, Asieyeifa Etifa, Benard Agai, Fred Agbedi, Dennis Daunemighan, and Francis Doukpola. Others are Chiefs Hinks Dumbo, Alex Ekiotenne and Barrister George Ombeh.