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BAYELSA GUBER: Deputy Gov, SSG, CoS join race for PDP ticket

BAYELSA GUBER: PDP downplays last minute defections from the party

The Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, John Jonah, and two other cabinet members of the incumbent Governor, Seriake Dickson, have joined the race for the state governorship election.

Others are; the Secretary to the State Government, Kemela Okara, and Chief of Staff to the Governor, Talford Ongolo.

They obtained their expression of interest and nomination forms on Thursday at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national headquarters in Abuja.

The three aspirants were also members of the Bayelsa Restoration Government, a political movement led by Gov Dickson.

At separate interactions with journalists shortly after obtaining their nomination documents, the aspirants spoke highly of the governor and the formidability of the Restoration Group.

Jonah, however, maintained that there was no crack in the group, adding that the movement actually opened the race to whoever that was interested.

“There is no crack, if there is anything there is cohesion within the restoration family.

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“People were expecting that by this time the governor will bring one candidate and say this is my candidate.

“In fact they are speculating that others will not be allowed to show interest and they will be forced to just withdraw.

“That can bring cracks, but in the thinking of the administration collectively we have to note that it is not just the governor.

“We felt that those that have interest and with capacity to administer the state should show interest and we proceed from there.

“Other modalities will be worked out and at the end we go for primary.

“It is the primary that will decide who becomes the candidate. All we are doing is to show that we are interested so there are no cracks,” he said.

Jonah said his driving force was his passion for service to the people and to delivering development to the state.

Jonah, who said Gov. Dickson, in line with the vision of the restoration government had developed the state, pledged to improve on the achievements of the incumbent if elected.

“If you love the state you will not change the vision; we will develop infrastructure; we have set all the basic foundation there; all we will do is to start building from there.

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