Ahead of November 16 gubernatorial elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will today conduct primary elections in both states to produce its flag bearers.
The party cleared a total of 34 aspirants in both states to contest its tickets.
In Kogi state, 13 aspirants will slug it out for the ticket. The aspirants include Bayo Averehi, Aminu Suleiman, Wada Idris, Dino Melaye, Erico Ameh, Grace Adejoh, Abubakar Ibrahim, Kabiru Haruna, Musa Wada, Saliu Atawodi, Mohammed Adah, Victor Adoji, and Emmanuel Omebije.
21 aspirants will participate in today’s election Bayelsa state. They are Oliver Tariela, Kaniebi Okoko, Great Maciver, Franklin Osaisai, Ndutime Alaibe, Benson Agadaga, Frederick Agbedi, Reuben Okoya, Diri Douye, Talford Ongolo, Kemlea Okara, Gboribiogha Jonah, Benson Konbowei, Godknows Igali, Johnson Kiyaramo, Paulker Emmanuel, Anthony George-Ikoli, Robinson Etolor, Nimibofa Ayawei, David Alagoa and Igiri Ziperedein.
Meanwhile, Okoko and Alaibe, have accused the chairman of the party in the state, Mr Cleopas Moses of taking “sides in a contest in which he is supposed to be an umpire.”
Okoko, in a press statement he personally signed, expressed disappointment in the conduct of Moses, who he said should be neutral in the process of electing the party’s candidate, but instead embarked on a mission to destroy the party.
The statement read in part: “If anyone is trying to hoodwink the delegates, it is Cleopas who has shown gross irresponsibility in handling the affairs of the PDP in the state. Our advice to him is to thoroughly search his conscience and retrace his steps where he lost his path in the interest of our party.
“By his recent actions and utterances, it is obvious that Cleopas is bent on destroying our great party. We, therefore, call on the national leadership of the PDP to call to order this man who has taken sides in a contest in which he is supposed to be an umpire. Cleopas should be called to order by the national leadership of the PDP or he will steadily destroy this party built by the sweat of founders of this great party.”
Alaibe, on his part in a statement signed by the Administrative Secretary of the Timi Alaibe Campaign Organisation, Prof Seiyefa Brisibe, said: “This is no longer politics”, distancing himself from Moses’s allegations of hoodwinking delegates with fake bank alerts and called on him to either provide evidence or apologise.