PDP primaries: No fresh tickets for Bayelsa senators

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The three senators from Bayelsa State will not be returning to the Upper Chambers following outcomes of the primary elections of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

It was gathered two of them, Ben Murray Bruce (East) and Emmanuel Paulker from the Central did not participate in the exercise.

Following widespread rejections of his second term ambition despite interventions of PDP national leaders including Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the party, Bruce was compelled by stakeholders in the district to withdraw from the contest.

It was gathered the senator however participated in the internal poll, which was held in Brass Island to elect his replacement.

Party leaders including Deputy Governor John Jonah and Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson partook in the peaceful primary that elected Chief Blessing Izagara as a candidate to take over from Bruce.

Izagara, the immediate-past Commissioner for Science and Technology, emerged as the flag bearer with 330 votes.

He was said to have defeated his closest rival, Senator Nimi Amange, who scored 62 votes while Darius Obiene and Chief Ayibaesin Edoghotu got two votes each with Biriyai Dambo(SAN) getting only one vote.

In Bayelsa West Senatorial District, it was gathered Senator Foster Ogola was humiliated in the primary election in which Dickson voted as a delegate.

Ogola scored only two votes while the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor polled 247 votes to clinch the ticket.

In the Central Senatorial District, Paulker did not bother to seek a reelection having represented the district for third term.

Paulker, who was said to be nursing a governorship ambition, voted as a delegate in the primary election at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex, Yenagoa.


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