Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has no preferred aspirant for its primary election in Bayelsa State.
Makinde, who is also the Chairman, PDP Screening Committee for Bayelsa, said this on Monday at the party’s headquarters in Abuja, during the screening of PDP aspirants for Bayelsa election.
He said that the committee would be fair to all governorship aspirants from the state to ensure that the party went into proper election strong and united.
“We don’t want a situation whereby our party will go into the election with a divided house.
“We want to go into the election as one big family that we are, with a view to retaining the state,” Makinde said.
He expressed optimism that PDP would continue to remain a strong and united party, even after the primaries.
Makinde appealed to all aspirants to cooperate with the committee to make the exercise easy.
A governorship aspirant, Timi Alaibe speaking with newsmen at the venue of the exercise, called on party delegates in the state to think deeply while making decision on aspirants to cast their votes for.
“Delegates should be clear in the decision to ensure that they vote for who will understand the need of the people.
“Those who have experience, those who have capacity,” he said.
Alaibe, who was former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), promised to attract investors in the private sector to Bayelsa, if he emerged governor.
Another aspirant and incumbent Deputy Governor of Bayelsa, retired Rear Admiral John Jonah, expressed satisfaction and confidence in the committee.
“I have the confidence that they will deliver. I am sure of clinching the ticket,” he said.
While Makinde heads the screening of Bayelsa aspirants, Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba also chaired the Screening Committee for Kogi at the party’s presidential campaign office in Maitama.
Mr Joseph Erico, governorship aspirant from Kogi expressed confidence in the committee and the outcome.
Asked if he was sure of successfully passing through the exercise, Erico said if it was to go by merit he would be the party’s candidate.
Another aspirant, Mr Musa Wada, said that from the screening, there was clear indication that PDP had changed.
Wada said if elected, he would change the narrative of governance in Kogi.
The only female aspirant from Kogi, Grace Adejo, who commended the process, said that being the only female aspirant gave her more motivation.
“I never see myself as a lady, the most important is to dislodge the incumbent.