Atiku’s visit: Bayelsa PDP yet to endorse any candidate

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Simon Utebor, Yenagoa

The Peoples Democratic Party, Bayelsa State chapter, says the party has yet to endorse any of its presidential aspirants, including former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, as its candidate for the 2019 presidential election.

The party made the clarification after Tuesday’s visit of Atiku to the state to consult with Governor Seriake Dickson and the PDP in the state to support his presidential ambition.

The State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Moses Cleopas, said in a statement on Wednesday that the position of the state chapter of the party as endorsed by the leader of the party, Governor Dickson, was that the party would receive all aspirants and accord each of them the respect, hospitality and the courtesy they deserve.

He stressed that while it was the position of the party to receive and hold consultative talks with all aspirants, the party in the state would not endorse any particular candidate before the convention.

Cleopas noted that the decision of who to endorse for the presidential candidacy of the party would be collectively taken by the state at the party’s convention.

He said, “The Bayelsa State chapter of the PDP will receive all presidential aspirants on the platform of the party. The party in Bayelsa will ensure that all presidential aspirants are treated fairly with the respect and courtesy they deserve.

“However, it is the position of the state chapter of the party that there would be no endorsement of any particular candidate before the convention.

“The position of the state would be decided collectively and expressed at the convention ground.”

Cleopas said it was indeed encouraging that people of integrity with the requisite political clout were aspiring to run for the Presidency in the 2019 election on the platform of the PDP.

Meanwhile, former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the PDP is better poised to win the 2019 presidential election.

A statement by Jonathan’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze, indicated that the former President made the remark when Atiku Abubakar visited him in the state on Wednesday.

The statement quoted Jonathan as saying, “Yes, we had some issues in 2015. But as you know, politics is a very dynamic business. I believe PDP is coming back and getting stronger.

“Even though we are in the opposition with fewer governors, PDP is still the strongest and largest party in the country.”

Abubakar was quoted by the statement as saying that only the PDP had the strength to unseat the ruling All Progressives Congress.

The former VP said, “It is actually the PDP that has the strength and structure to get back to Aso Rock.

“There is no other party that has the structure and strength like the PDP. Without the PDP, the APC should not have been in Aso Rock.”

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