Stakeholders and the state executive committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state have aligned with the national chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, over the adoption of the direct primaries for the state, national assembly and presidential primaries of the party.
The decision by the Bayelsa APC, which was taken at a well attended State Executive Council (SEC) and stakeholders’ sessions presided over by the former governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, and the minister of state for agriculture and rural development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, agreed that the adoption of direct primaries will allow for cohesion and all inclusive participation.
The former acting governor, Werinipre Seibarugu, who moved the motion for the adoption of direct primaries, seconded by the former chief of staff of Bayelsa government house, Chief Samuel Ogbuku, said the system will allow for party cohesion, consensus building and all inclusive system for the party members.
In his speech, Chief Timipre Sylva noted that the APC in Bayelsa state can now boast of quality aspirants vying for the state and national assembly elections, “and with the quality of candidates we have in APC, compared with what the other party produced, “we are head and shoulder above the PDP. ”
Sylva also pleaded to be made the director general of the state and national assembly’s campaigns in the 105 wards of the state. The request was automatically granted by the supporters of the party.
Senator Lokpobiri commended the party leaders and supporters for unanimously voting for the direct system of primaries, saying the direct primaries was adopted to give sense of belonging and it will not allow some persons to hijack the party for personal gains. ”
Lokpobiri also noted that by the decision, the Bayelsa chapter of APC has shown that they can align with the centre and that the party is ready for progress with victories in the 24 seats of state assembly and the national assembly.
On the issue of governance in Bayelsa, Senator Lokpobiri declared that the people of the state are begging for help. People are hungry and have become desperate for progress.
He said: “Before when complaints and cry come, I answer them that they were reaping what they deserve by voting for the wrong person and party. But now, the suffering is enough.”
“The people of Bayelsa have suffered enough. To me, if we select the right candidate, we will win the State House of assemblies and National Assembly seats.
“And look at the State House of Assembly, as a Speaker I know what I’m saying. I know how an assembly should be. We don’t have a state assembly. The Bayelsa assembly is dead. And we also have a dead state government.”