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Anti-Dickson Group Seeks Shake-up In Bayelsa PDP

Posted: Sep 6, 2015 at 5:14 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Unity Group, a faction in the Bayelsa State  chapter of the party opposed to Governor Seriake Dickson’s re-election bid, at the weekend, called for the removal of the acting state chairman of the PDP, Serena Dokubo-Spiff.

The group also turned down the invitation to a dinner/interactive session on Sunday at Government House, Yenagoa, organised by Dickson’s Restoration Campaign Organisation for PDP members ahead of the governor’s formal declaration of his second term bid on Tuesday.

In a statement at the weekend in Yenagoa, the group suggested that Dokubo-Spiff should be replaced with someone from Bayelsa Central Senatorial District where the immediate past chairman, late Samuel Inokoba, came from.

Inokoba, who hailed from Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area, died on Wednesday in Lagos, 19 days after he led PDP bigwigs to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and two days after he picked the APC’s  expression of interest and nomination forms for the governorship election.

In the statement by the co-ordinator of the Unity Group, Dickson’s  former Commissioner for Transport, Marie Ebikake, the group argued that Dokubo-Spiff, a loyalist of Dickson from Bayelsa East Senatorial District, ought not to occupy the position.

It insisted that Article 4.5 of the PDP constitution, which requires the party to nominate an acting chairman from the Central Senatorial District in line with the party’s political equation for power sharing, must be implemented to the letter.

“In our determination to achieve this goal of internal democracy, as provided in our party constitution, we have had several meetings with the national delegation, led by the acting Board of Trustees Chairman, Dr. Haliru Bello Mohammed, where far-reaching decisions were taken that are awaiting implementation for the overall interest of our party, especially as we approach the gubernatorial election in the state.

“Chief among such decisions was the nomination of an acting chairman from the Central Senatorial District, where the immediate past chairman originated from, to fulfil the current zoning formula in line with Article 4.5 of the PDP constitution,” the Unity Group stated.

The group re-called that a similar step was taken in the build-up to the party’s governorship primaries in 2011 where James Dugo was nominated to replace Darius Obiene based on zoning.