APC can’t win elections in Bayelsa – says ex-president, Jonathan


Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State lacks the needed political presence to win the state governorship election slated for November 16.

Jonathan said this during the PDP Elders’ Advisory Council meeting at Government House, Yenagoa.

He said the PDP had all it took to record a landslide victory in the forthcoming election.

The former president also commended Governor Seriake Dickson; the state Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Moses Cleopas; and all critical stakeholders, including the 21 aspirants for working for the continued stability of the party.

He said, “We must free the space and eschew rancour because finally, one person will become the candidate of the party and for that one person to win the election, all aspirants must work for that person.

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“It is only our unity that can give us victory and if we are not united, they (APC) can get away with it. For example, it took the unity of the people of Rivers State, including women who were resolute against soldiers, to get the PDP victory in the state. If that had not happened, they (opposition) would have taken it.

“For us to secure this state for PDP, we need maximum unity and that is why all the 21 aspirants are important to us; we must have that maximum unity and must not create any form of division or discrimination. At the end of the day, one person will emerge and all of us will work for whoever emerges as candidate of the party.”

On his part, Dickson advocated the need for members of the party to forge a united front to maintain its dominance and control of power in the state, starting with the local council elections billed for August 10.

The governor called on members of the party, particularly the governorship aspirants, to work hard for the victory of the chairmanship and councillorship candidates of the PDP in the Saturday’s election.

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