Bayelsa 2019: Battle line drawn as Elders, Stakeholders Throw Weight Behind Okoya, Alaibe, Okara
By: Nelson NseAbasi
Less than four days to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bayelsa State governorship primary, scheduled for September 3, it is gathered that the choice of candidates has been narrowed down to three aspirants.
Specifically, the elders and stakeholders of the party in Bayelsa State and the party national headquarters have zeroed in on the trio of Timi Alaibe, Kamela Okara and Reuben Okoya, out of the 21 aspirants that purchased the governorship forms.
The reason why the elders of the state are backing the choice of these three, it was gathered, was that they could match anybody from any other political party.
While it was pointed out that Alaibe has what it takes to win the election and govern the state, Okara and Okoya, it was also gathered have the experiences to pilot the affairs of the state also.
Speaking with newsmen on Saturday, one of the elders said, “we want our party, the PDP to win this election. We don’t want anything that will make us to regret later.
“Alaibe, Okara and Okoya are qualified for this position and they have what it takes to win the election and rule the state. Imposition of a candidate will not help us at this point in time.
“The governor should eschew sentiments and not allow personal interest to destroy or destabilise the chances of PDP in the November 16 governorship election. Whatever biases he has against any of the aspirants should be suspended and let us concentrate and win the election first and whatever has been the problem will be settled later.”