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Dickson Designs Strategy To Occupy Senate Seat?

The state secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state has witnessed a beehive of political activities in the past two weeks.

Politicians aspiring for different elective positions have been buying and submitting their expression of interest forms, thereby keeping the party secretariat bubbling all day.

Every aspirant ensured that they went to collect or submit the forms with 'supporters' who rolled out the drums in solidarity for their political masters.

About 120 aspirants are said to have collected and submitted forms for the senate, House of Representatives and the state house of assembly positions under the platform of the PDP.

Meanwhile, our correspondent reports that there are high level intriguing political calculations going on amongst the echelon of the PDP in the state to ensure that the process swings in their favour.

 The speculated senatorial ambition of the state governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, seems to form the arrowhead of the ongoing political calculations.

 According to our impeccable sources, the governor has his eyes fixed on the upper chamber of the National Assembly but is cowed by the political calendar of the state that has shifted the governorship election ahead of other elective positions that would hold towards the end of next year.

 It has been gathered that the Toru-Orua born politician is not ready to relinquish his exhorted office to run for the senate at the moment but he is not without a plan-B.

Part of the plan-B, according to our sources, is to plant a loyalist to represent the Bayelsa West Senatorial District where the governor hails from to hold brief for him until the expiration of the governorship seat.

 The calculation, we learnt, would make the person representing the Bayelsa west to resign and his position declared vacant by law to pave way for a bye election to usher in the governor who would have completed his term by then.

To this end, we gathered that a very loyal servant of the governor, Mr. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor who is the serving commissioner for works and infrastructure has already picked and submitted his form for the Bayelsa West senatorial race.

 Also, the incumbent senator representing the same district, Mr. Foster Ogola has since collected and submitted his form for his second term bid.

 Prior to this period, Dickson had reportedly advised those having the ambitions to contest or recontest to wait for his 'greenlight' and consult widely before making their interests public.

 However, some of the aspirants who waited in vain to get the governor's green light had decided to dare the Ofurumapepe to pick their forms and are ready to carry their own cross.

One of such is Senator Foster Ogola who is said to have fallen out of favour with the. He is believed to have allegedly reneged on the earlier gentleman's arrangement with the governor which warranted Dickson's support for him to become senator.

 In another development, the Speaker  of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Mr. Kombowei Benson has jettisoned his fourth term ambition into the state assembly following pressures mounted on him by his constituents.

The speaker has been in the House for three consecutive terms and was attempting to go for a fourth term when his people revolted against him.

 Consequent upon the rejection by his people, the Speaker has decided to opt for the  southern Ijaw federal constituency in the House of Representatives.

 The incumbent lawmaker representing the SILGA federal constituency, Mr. Henry Ofongo has also picked and submitted his form for the same position under the PDP.

 A source close to the speaker told our correspondent that "the number one lawmaker in the state never thought of going to the National Assembly but because of the stiff opposition against his fourth term ambition".

 He further said "you don't expect the calibre of Mr. Speaker to remain politically redundant at his prime. That is why he is going to the National Assembly to create more positive impact at the national level".

The source further noted that 16 political aspirants from Southern Ijaw constituency 4 had already picked forms to contest against the speaker before he changed his mind to go for the National Assembly seat.

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