Vanguard (Lagos)

8 December 2012

Nigeria: Bayelsa Council Poll - PDP Screening Committee Clear 36 Aspirants

Yenagoa — The Screening committee of the Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa State has announced the provisional clearance of thirty-six aspirants out of the 94 that indicated interest in the party ticket in the eight local government councils for the forthcoming local council polls.

Among those not cleared by the Chief Claudius Iniegeson Committee was the incumbent Chairman of the Ogbia local government council.

The report of the screening committee was yesterday handed over to the state party chairman, Col. Sam Inokoba (rtd) at the party secretariat.

While handing over the report to the state chairman of the party, Chief Claudius Inegeson said the provisions of the party rules, electoral law and the constitution were adhered to during the screening process.

"We ensure that these persons cleared are eligible and would not give the party problem," he said.

Responding, the party chairman, Col. Sam Inokoba (rtd) lauded the committee members over the report adding that in line with the restoration agenda of the state government, "the party is not surprised that out of the multitude, only 36 were cleared."

Meanwhile, the Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson has denied claims that some leaders of the party including himself, have hijacked the process of selecting qualified candidates for the party to contest in the state local government election.

The governor,through his Chief Press Secetary (CPS), Daniel Markson-Iworiso said he will not stand for injustice in whatever form or shape and certainly will not condone any attempt by anyone to use the guise of party politics to foment trouble in the state.

"We will come down hard using the instrumentality of the law to deal with anyone who attemps to breach the peace in the state.

For the records, politicians are advised in their best interest to conduct themselves with utmost decorum in their campaigns ahead of the forthcoming LG Polls in the state.

"We are not unaware of the antics of some desperate politicians who are hell bent on using the prevailing electioneering atmosphere to heat up the polity. We are closely watching them and before long they will have law to contend with.

His Excellency therefore wish to urge all political parties in state to call their members to order with a clear instruction that all parties must play by the rules as laid down by the various parties through which candidates should emerge," he said.

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