Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primaries in Bayelsa state, there were reports that pressure has been mounted on some of the aspirants of the party to step down for Governor Seriake Dickson‘s preferred candidate.
According to the report, the first aspirant to step down was the immediate past Chief of staff to the current governor, Hon. Talford Ongolo, who revealed the development after series of meeting with his kinsmen in his own town in Oporoma, Southern Ijaw Local government area, of Bayelsa state.
Daily Post noted through a source that Ongolo negotiated with the Bayelsa Governor for a reappointment, reimbursement for monies spent on his campaign and a possible replacement as the Senator for Bayelsa central if his preferred candidate becomes the governor.
Another source claimed the former chief of staff stepped down following his rejection by his kinsmen during his visit to canvass for the votes of delegates from the area.
There were indications that the state Governor has endorsed the current Senator representing Bayelsa central senatorial district, Hon. Douye Diri.
It was added that there had been a rejection of the Governor’s preferred candidate by some stakeholders and the majority of their supporters in the party who have promised to either decamp or work against the party in the forthcoming governorship election if Dickson’s wish prevailed.
Other political pundits and commentators are of the opinion that over fifteen other aspirants allegedly sponsored by the governor will also step down for Senator Douye Diri.