The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has warned members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa and Kogi States against contesting the November 16 governorship elections in both states with a divided house.
The governor, who is the Chairman of the PDP screening committee for governorship aspirants in Bayelsa State, gave the warning at the opening of screening for the aspirants at the party’s national scretariat in Abuja.
Makinde also promised that the party would be fair to all the aspirants, adding that the PDP had no preferred candidates.
According to him, the party will continue to remain strong and united even after the primaries.
The governor, who said the PDP screening committee members would be fair to all the governorship aspirants, also appealed to the aspirants to cooperate with the committee to make their job easy.
“We will be fair to all the aspirants. The PDP has no preferred candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in Bayelsa State. 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.”
Speaking to journalists, two of the governorship aspirants, Mr Timi Alaibe and Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd.), who is the current Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, said they were hopeful that the committee would be fair to the aspirants.
Jonah said: “I have the confidence that they (screening committee) will deliver.”