The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson has assured Bayelsans that the September 3, 2019 governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be rancour free.
Iworiso-Markson gave the assurance during two live radio programmes monitored in the state capital on Tuesday.
He said the PDP working closely with Governor Henry Seriake Dickson has put in place all that is required to have a seamless governorship primary that will produce the flagbearer of the party.
According to him, despite the plans by some mischievous elements within the party, the primary election will be largely successful and will satisfy and reflect the wishes of majority of its members.
Iworiso-Markson who is also the Head of Media and Publicity of the Restoration Governorship Primary Election Committee on PDP primary warned that security agents will deal decisively with anyone or group of persons that will attempt to disrupt the primary.
The Commissioner stated that the plan to accommodate delegates in different hotels in Yenagoa is not intended to favour any aspirant as being speculated by some individuals and groups.
He reiterated that the position of the state PDP on the accomodation of delegates was not new as it was the same thing done in the last national convention of the party in Port Harcourt.
Iworiso-Markson urged delegates not to be intimidated or wrongly influenced by any aspirant but should go into the primary with the conscience to vote the right person.
He called on the delegates and members of the party to disregard rumours that Governor Dickson has chosen a particular candidate, saying such ill conceived comments are aimed at sowing seeds of discord in the party.
The Government spokesman however alluded to the fact that Governor Dickson as leader of the party in the state has an interest which according to him is normal and does not in anyway connotate imposition of an aspirant.
The Information Commissioner expressed optimism that the peaceful conduct of the PDP primary will lead to a violent free governorship election on November 16 and appealed to all stakeholders to play their role diligently.
“The PDP primary is very crucial to all members of the party and we are working hard to achieve a peaceful primary election. As a party the PDP leadership has directed that all the delegates be camped in different hotels.
“We have heard all kinds of rumours concerning that. That directive is not to force the delegates to do the wish of anybody. It is meant to ensure that the aspirants have easy access to all the delegates. So that rumour should be disregarded.
“Let me also say here that the rumour that Governor Dickson has anointed an aspirant is not true. But like the governor has said, as a key stakeholder in the entire process he definitely should have an interest and that does not mean he has imposed someone.
“The mandate of committee that was inaugurated on Monday by His Excellency is to ensure that we reach out to delegates, mobilize them massively to vote for the right person who should be a member of the Restoration team.
“We don’t want a situation that will make someone who is not in our team to begin his own agenda which may slow down the pace of development with litany of abandoned projects. Government like they say is a continuum and that is how it should be.
“So I am using this opportunity to call on members of the PDP and Bayelsans not to listen to all the rumours. Sadly, all these rumours are so terrible. The governor yesterday said this is the capital of rumour and even though it is true it is a terrible narrative for our state”.