Supremacy battle in Bayelsa as Governor Dickson tackles deputy, Sylva over choice of candidates for state assembly

There is rising tension between the Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, and his deputy, Rear Admiral John Jonah, over the choice of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidates for the state assembly ahead of the party primaries in the state.

Governor Dickson is also locked in the supremacy battle for the seat of Brass Constituency 2 with the former governor and state leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Timipre Sylva.

It was gathered that the cold war between the governor and his deputy was triggered by the decision to return the incumbent House of Assembly member, Ben Ololo, against the deputy’s choice of Iberebo Ayebainaemi popularly known as Expeller.

Already, the choice of the Expeller under the political group known as Otita force set up by the deputy governor’s brother, has met a brick wall put up by the governor with his non-clearance by the PDP. Expeller is among the three state assembly aspirants screened out by the party.

Political observers believe that the screening out of deputy governor’s candidate in his home constituency could be a set up to charge him with alleged anti-party activity if his candidate dumps PDP for APC.

In Brass constituency 2, where the choice of the incumbent, Alfred Belemote Watson is causing furor among his constituents which include the former governor, Timipre Sylva.

Watson, who is the only elected member of APGA to the state assembly, last Saturday defied pressure from the APC to join the PDP, remains the people’s choice in the area.

It was gathered that the governor’s camp led by Austin Adigio is working to stop his election due to alleged selfish reasons and possibly causing the PDP defeat ahead of the election.

Adigio, according to sources, is mounting pressure on the state governor to drop the choice of Belemote Watson, Helen Bob and Mrs. Maria Ebikake for assembly and Federal House of Representative because of his ambition to grab the party ticket ahead of a contest with the APC Federal House of Representative candidate, Israel Sunny-Goli.

It was gathered that Watson, despite his defection to the ruling party in the state, holds the ace in the forth coming state assembly election. It was further gathered that the Dickson alleged consent to hand the ticket to Odioma community in Brass may pave way for the APC who is targeting handing the party ticket to Ewoama area for convenience and rotation.

Odioma community, which is ward 5 in the Brass constituency 2 already has four aspirants jostling for the ticket including Evans Baribote, Esau Andrew.

A source within the PDP, who pleaded anonymity, said though the position of the governor is still silent and not final on the two constituencies, the party expects that the right choice will be made with a known winning candidate from Brass including Alfred Belemote Watson.

But an aide to Belemote Watson, who spoke with newsmen on the development, said though the claim of political horse trading is necessary at this time of politics, “my boss has made a decision to work with Governor Dickson and the PDP, he is committed and remain a party man despite attempts by some elements to deny him a second term.


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