By Divine Sam:-
Perekeme Kpodoh, a founding member of the All Progressives Congress, on Monday, predicted a landslide victory for former governor Seriake Dickson if he clinched the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the forthcoming Bayelsa West Senatorial District bye-election.
The Bayelsa West seat, comprising Sagbama and Ekeremor Local Government Areas, was occupied by the state Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, who resigned to contest the November 16, 2019 governorship poll with Governor Douye Diri on the platform of the PDP.
Kpodoh stated during a press conference in Yenagoa that Dickson as a senatorial candidate would have no problem winning the election for the PDP due to his track record and dogged political style.
The APC chieftain said that despite the disagreements he had with Dickson as a governor, he would not fail to look at issues objectively even when such involved the former governor.
He said, “It is not about the disagreements we had when he was a governor. It is about Dickson’s political sagacity and dogged style. He is the first (person) to complete two terms as a governor. He also took development to his senatorial district when he was a governor.
“Look at how he dealt with our party (APC) and snatched our victory back to his party. Nobody can challenge him successfully in any election he is personally contesting. He is an enigma in politics.”
Kpodoh, a former Special Adviser on Security Matters to the state government, regretted that the state chapter of the APC under the leadership of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, had remained “a shadow of itself.”
According to him, the party would continue to play second fiddle until Sylva ceased to be its leader.
Kpodoh, who served the administration of Sylva as governor, said, “Everybody knows that Dickson is going to fly the PDP flag for the senatorial election. So, PDP already has a candidate. For the APC, people are waiting for Sylva.
“At last, Sylva will ignore competence and appoint someone with a questionable character as the party’s candidate. Such person may not have the basic qualifications, so you may expect another disqualification saga. At the end of the day, you will discover that the APC doesn’t have a candidate”.
Kpodoh warned that any attempt by the minister to hand-pick a candidate in any election in Bayelsa State would result in a disastrous end for the APC.
“In this coming senatorial election, the APC is not prepared. It is foolhardy challenging Dickson. It is better we support Dickson across party lines than wasting our time working for a Sylva’s candidate that will never win at the poll,” he added.
By Divine Sam:-