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Will Dislodge PDP once Lokpobiri Wins APC Guber Ticket -Oboro

  • Written by  John ODHE, Yenagoa
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Second Republic Senator, Felix Oboro  has said that the Lokpobiri campaign organization has all it takes to dislodge the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  in Bayelsa if Senator Heineken Lokpobiri wins the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The APC chieftain, who is also a former Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Nigerian ambassador, said there were several reasons why Bayelsans should reject the PDP in the November 16 gubernatorial election.

Speaking to TNN in Yenagoa, the state capital, Oboro said despite glaring leadership failure in the state, the present administration had held on to the instrument of deceiving gullible Bayelsans to believe that PDP was an Ijaw party.

He revealed that once the primary election of the APC was done and Lokpobiri won the ticket, the party would embark on a well coordinated governorship campaign across the state to convince Bayelsans on why the state should be on the same page with the ruling political party at the federal level.

He said contrary to the propaganda being used by the ruling party in the state, the north had hitherto been a political ally of the south-south, recalling that the creation of Bayelsa State was done by a northerner.

Reacting to a recent statement credited to a former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan as saying that the APC had no presence to win a governorship election in Bayelsa tate, Oboro described the utterance as laughable.

The former SSG reminded the former president that even as an incumbent governor in 2007, he could not withstand Timi Alaibe in a governorship election in Bayelsa, noting that it took the then president, Olusegun Obasanjo to prevail on Alaibe to step down for him.

He said: "How can the former president say so when we know how he became the governor of the state and eventually, vice president and president. It is being a governor that propelled him to become vice president and president. 

"I hope he (Jonathan) remembers that he did not pass through party primaries before he became governor. It is his comment that is pushing me to say these things.

"In 2007, he had a contest with Timi Alaibe. In the PDP, you have to go through delegates congress. In the state, there was delegates’ congress. Alaibe had his own delegates list. Jonathan had his own delegates list. So, there were two delegates’ lists from the PDP.

"As a result, a committee was set up by the national leadership of the party to determine which of the lists was authentic. When they came, I represented Timi at the committee. They asked me how Alaibe came about his list and I explained, likewise people on Goodluck's side.

"After hearing from both parties, the committee recommend that Timi and Jonathan should bring 50 per cent each of the delegates and let them go and elect who should be the PDP flagbearer.

"That was the recommendation of the committee sent to the national body of the PDP. Obasanjo was the president at the time. Obasanjo then invited the two leaders to come to Aso Rock with their supporters.

"When we got there, Obasanjo picked only Timi Alaibe and Goodluck Jonathan upstairs; all their supporters were down stairs. When they came back, we saw that Timi Alaibe's face was not sweet at all. So, we asked, "principal, what is the matter?" He said we should go to the hotel.

"When we got to the hotel, Alaibe told us that Obasanjo directed that he should step down for Goodluck, that the president said Goodluck should nominate 60 per cent of the candidates the delegates would have elected, while Alaibe should nominate forty percent of the candidates the delegates would have elected and he called that 'harmonization'.

"He ordered that there would be no more primaries from top to bottom. That was how we came back and that was the decision; very unpopular and undemocratic".

On the allegation by the governor, Seriake Dickson that Lokpobiri was fond of attacking his government, Oboro asserted that Lokpobiri had the right to criticize any government that was not living up to the expectations of the people.

"I don't know how Dickson feels that Senator Lokpobiri has been attacking his government. I think what Lokpobiri has been saying is what he has observed in the current government.

"Everybody has his own opinion. If Lokpobiri feels that the way he (Dickson) is ruling the government is not to the benefit of the state, he has the right to comment. It is not only Lokpobiri that has been attacking his style of government; a lot of people but how he singled out Lokpobiri, l cannot understand.

"I think Lokpobiri has right to attack anybody who is a governor and whose style of government is not good for the people", he added.

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