JOHN ODHE, Yenagoa
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the African Democratic Party (ADC) has concluded its primaries in Bayelsa State, electing a total of 32 flag bearers to contest for the State and National Assembly positions across the state.
Our Correspondent reports that the ADC elected three senatorial, five House of Representatives and twenty-four State House of Assembly candidates during the primaries.
The Returning Officer for the ADC primary elections, Mr. Abinami Bob-Manuel, who was sent from Rivers state, described the exercise as peaceful, free, fair and credible.
The returning officer further noted that a consensus process was adopted by the leadership of the party during the primary elections.
He commended the state leadership of the party for coordinating party faithful in a peaceful and united manner and equally thanked the newly elected candidates as well as members for their show of maturity and peaceful disposition.
Bob-Manuel urged the party to maintain the tempo, expressing optimism that the ADC would give a good account of itself during the forthcoming election in Bayelsa State.
Addressing the various candidates who converged on the party state Secretariat at Onopa in Yenagoa, the state capital shortly after the elections in the respective local government areas, state chairman of the party, Mr. Johnny Derek also commended the winners of the exercise as well as those who withdrew from the race before the election.
The state chairman described the process of the exercise as “amazing, smooth, credible, value-adding and next to none in the political history of Bayelsa State,” adding that his party fielded the best of candidates that are qualified to bring about the hitherto missing effective representation in the state.
On the menace of financial inducement during elections, the ADC chairman said his party was embarking on radical sensitization of the electorate on the dangers of vote selling which amounts to mortgaging of their future with peanuts.
He pointed out that the people were already aware that financial inducement had never yielded the needed developmental results and was no longer sellable due to the new electoral Act which has legalized electric transmission of election results.
Leader of party in the state, Mr. Fredrick Amiefamonyo commended the leadership of the party for conducting an acceptable election and urged members to support the candidates to victory at the general polls.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after he was declared winner of Bayelsa East Senatorial District ticket at Onuebum community in Ogbia local government area of the state, Mr. Ebei Morris stated that the existing zoning arrangement in the district disqualified aspirants from Nembe and Brass LGAs, stressing that he would defeat the candidate of the ruling party.