Ahead of the forthcoming Bayelsa State governorship election, Governor Seriake Dickson has been allegedly adopted by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as its consensus candidate.
Some groups have also endorsed the governor and more of such endorsements are in the offing.
Sources at the Wadata Plaza National headquarters of the PDP in Abuja said yesterday that the national leadership of the party had accepted Dickson’s sole candidacy because the conduct of primaries would halt the PDP.
According to a key member of the PDP, several issues were considered in arriving at the position which, he said, were all about the chances of the PDP to win the state in the next governorship election.
He said: “Despite opposition to the governor, the party’s leadership thought it wise to give automatic ticket to Dickson because members were convinced that he was actually on the ground in Bayelsa State. Being an incumbent, it would be more reasonable because going into primary will likely divide the party more than allowing the governor to re-contest as a sole candidate with high possibility to win the election.”
The issue of performance, according to him, was considered with majority giving Dickson a passmark, adding that consequently, the suggestion by a member of the Central Working Committee (CWC) of the party to also consider him on the right of first refusal not only as incumbent but a strategic state.
He said, “The honour has been unanimously accepted and adopted.
It is true Governor Seriake Dickson will likely emerge as our candidate for the governorship election in Bayelsa State in due course. You know a lot of issues were considered before the national leadership gave the nod.

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