Ahead of the 2016 governorship elections in the state, some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Bayelsa State have warned against an alleged expulsion of some leaders of the party in the state, including Senator Emmanuel Paulker, saying that such a move could threaten the chances of PDP’s victory in the election.
In a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, the group known as “Save Bayelsa PDP Forum”, led by Elder Pere time Newman, cautioned PDP leaders against actions that could promote disharmony among the PDP family in Bayelsa State.
The PDP in Bayelsa on Tuesday set up a panel headed by the deputy governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral John Jonah (Rtd), to investigate allegations of anti-party activities against Paulker in the last elections and report back within two weeks.
Other members of the panel include the PDP chairman in the state, Serene Dokubo Spiff, vice chairman; speaker of the state assembly, Kombowe Benson and secretary to the State Government (SSG), Edmund Alison Oguri.
However, Save Bayelsa PDP Forum has raised the alarm that at a time when the opposition is sweeping positions from the PDP, the national leadership of the PDP must pay attention to “unhealthy developments” in Bayelsa PDP to avert such an occurrence.
It also alleged that the move was aimed at “weeding out opponents” of the state governor Seriake Dickson who are against his re-election bid next year.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Newman said, “We are by this forum drawing the attention of the national leadership of our great party (PDP) to certain ugly developments in the Bayelsa PDP.
”Just recently, an investigative panel was constituted to probe the alleged involvement of some PDP leaders in Bayelsa like Senator Emmanuel Paulker in anti-party activities during the just concluded general elections.
“The investigation is simply to create an opportunity to hit at political opponents of the governor, especially in 2016. That is why you saw that those appointed to serve in the committee were those who have stakes in the re-election of bid of Governor Dickson.
“The allegation of anti-party stems from the race for 2016 in Bayelsa. It is meant to weed out political opponents.”
He continued, “This development is a source of worry to us because Senator Paulker who has just been re-elected to the Senate is being accused of having done anti party in the last election in which he was a candidate. Although the committee was to look for evidence, we know that they that they are not looking for any evidence because they have made up their minds and are now back-casting.
If this type of thing is allowed to continue, the prospects of the PDP on the governorship election next year. That is our case.”