The Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah has joined the governorship race.
Our correspondent had reported on Wednesday that Jonah who had declined Governor Henry Dickson’s request to contest for the Bayelsa East senatorial ticket actually wanted to quietly retire after his tenure as deputy- governor but had been persuaded to succeed his boss as the search for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) flag- bearer intensifies.
Jonah was at the PDP secretariat, Wadata Plaza to pick his Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for the September 3 governorship primaries with a promise to build on the legacies spear-headed by Dickson in the last seven years.
Investigations revealed that the entrance of Jonah into the governorship race had changed the contest as he is now the front-runner to get the ticket.
“By this action, he has not only made a bold statement in the political space but has answered the clarion call by Bayelsans urging him to contest the governorship,” a top official of the party said.
Meanwhile the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has commended Dickson for providing a level-playing ground for competent members of the party to express interest to contest the governorship primaries.
The Secretary-General of the IYC, World Wide, Mr. Alfred Kemepado, said in a statement that Dickson deserved commendation for allowing all aspirants who have ambition to procure the indication of interest and nomination form of the PDP in pursuit of their gubernatorial ambitions.
He said that what the governor had done was to create the opportunity for all the aspirants with a strong quest to govern the state to test their popularity with the delegates of the PDP during the forthcoming primaries of the party on September 3, 2019.