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BAYELSA POLL: Jonathan, Wike shun PDP mega rally

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike were conspicuously absent at the grand finale of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship campaign rally held Wednesday at the Ox-Bow Lake Pavilion, Yenagoa, the state capital.

Jonathan was also absent when the party held its flag-off governorship election campaign in the state last month.

The former president had reportedly assured some PDP governors who visited him in Abuja that he would join hand to campaign for the party governorship candidate, Douye Diri, to enable him win the November 16 governorship election in the state.

However, as the party concluded its campaign, Jonathan neither attended nor sent a written message or a representative at the rally, a development that further lent credence to reports of rift between him and Governor Seriake Dickson

Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, led other members of party’s national executive committee to the rally.

Also at the rally were governors of Aminu Tambuwa (Sokoto) and Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), who is also the Chairman of the PDP Campaign Council; Emeka Ihedioha (Imo) and Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta).

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Some National Assembly members and various youth and women groups were also at the rally.

Presenting the PDP flag to Diri, Secondus said Bayelsa was a PDP state and cautioned security agencies not to compromise the election.

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