Yenagoa-Some aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship aspirants in Bayelsa State, Tuesday, called for a fresh ward congress in the state, insisting that Monday’s exercise was a sham.
They also called for the suspension and disqualifi-cation of Mr. Seriake Dickson, one of the leading contenders for the party’s ticket, from contesting this weekend’s primaries over alleged false claim and misrepresentation of truth.
The aspirants denied that the congress was peaceful.
Dickson had, Monday, while speaking with newsmen, said though he did not see the members of the panel sent from the national secretariat for the conduct of the ward congress, the exercise was peaceful. He said he had set up a contact committee to reach out to stakeholders of the party in the state with a view to getting their support.
Dickson also denied claims by some politicians that he was “forerunner” to another powerful candidate yet to be “anointed” by the Presidency.
He said: “These are claims made by political desperadoes and schemers. I am prepared for governance. I took off from day one without needing tutelage.”
He told Vanguard, yesterday, that: “Six PDP council chairmen, out of eight, addressed newsmen and affirmed that congresses held in all the wards. The acting chairman of Bayelsa affirmed it to be free and fair.
“The congresses were meant to elect ward delegates and party men participated. It is mischievous for anybody to claim that there was no congress.
“The five aspirants who claimed there were no congresses are Governor Sylva’s agents and they are being used by the governor to discredit PDP and the congresses.”
However, aggrieved aspirants, Messrs Christopher Enai, Boloubo Orufa and Austin Febo, yesterday in Yenagoa, called for outright cancellation of the Monday’s ward congress, saying, “the ad hoc delegate congress scheduled for November 14 in Bayelsa State, did not take place in any of the 105 wards in the state.”
While condemning the actions of the party representatives from Abuja and the claim by Dickson that the exercise took place, Enai, who spoke on behalf of the aggrieved aspirants, said: “We deny and refute the claims by Dickson and his agents, purporting that the ward congress held.
“We also confirm to be true, the position of the state PDP that no ward congress took place in 105 wards in the state. Certain persons, claiming to have been sent by the party from the national secretariat arrived at the party secretariat at about 2pm and left five minutes later, stating that they were going to report their presence to the Commissioner of Police and the Director of the State Security Services in Bayelsa State to enable them sign certain documents.
“They never returned.”
Insisting that the party representatives from Abuja did not come with any materials or documents to the party secretariat at Onopa, Yenagoa, the aggrieved aspirants said results purportedly emanating from the ward congresses were fabricated, false and misleading.
While expressing confidence in the ability of National Chairman and the National Working Committee of the party to put a stop to what they call a charade capable of dampening the moral of party supporters and dragging the reputation of the PDP into the mud, they called on the leadership of PDP to send new set of unbiased officials to conduct the ward congress.