Chairman, All Progressives Congress, Bayelsa State chapter, Mr. Tiwei Oruminighe, has said the party will not adopt any candidate for the coming governorship election in the state.
He said the standard bearer for the party would emerge through a strict primary election that would be conducted by the party, the punch reports.
Oruminighe made the clarification at a news conference in Yenagoa.
The party boss stated, “On the issue of adoption of candidate and whatever the public must have heard about the APC, we want to reiterate that this party in Bayelsa State will follow strictly what the party has demonstrated at the national level.
“Everybody in Bayelsa that wants to join the party somehow has an ambition. They want to be governor or any other elective offices. Yes, it is good to keep an ambition, but this party wants to tell the public that whoever is joining us should keep an ambition at quiet end and join the party to work so that the party can deliver. We will not make the mistake of saying we are adopting a candidate. There will be proper party primaries to select whoever that will fly the flag and I believe that the leadership of this party is capable of producing a good standard bearer that will win election for Bayelsa State.
“I believe this will prove people wrong that we have adopted candidate and that we are are not together. This party remains one indivisible unit, very united and we will forge ahead stronger to win the coming election in Bayelsa.”
Orunimighe also reiterated the expulsion of two party leaders – Chief Richard Kpodo and Mr. Frank Oputu, saying their expulsion remained and that the party stood by that action.
He said, “As I said, the issue of expelled members of the APC, the persons of Richard Kpodo and Frank Oputu, remains.
Before even confirming their expulsion, these are members that had already left the party, defected to the opposition party, the Peopled Democratic Party.
“They told us that our party was dead on arrival and today, Nigerians and Bayelsans have seen that the party is still very much alive, capable of taking over power in Bayelsa. We still want to affirm to the public that that action of the State Working Committee is what we have done as a party and we stand by it. Kpodo and Oputu remain expelled from the party.”