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    *As Party Rules Out Anointing  Aspirants For Bayelsa, Kogi


                Bayelsa's November 23, 2019 governorship election promises to be hot, but Senator Paulker Izibefien Emmanuel feels otherwise about the speculations of fierce contests.

              The internal party processes from which candidates will emerge from the top most parties of  the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC)  for the general election in  Bayelsa State, might not also be a "carry-go" for any candidate as it used to be.

              Yet, Senator Paulker is optimistic of a smooth ride  to Creek Haven, the house of power in Yenagoa, the State Capital, and has assured the PDP and his fans to keep cool and have faith in God till victory is achieved.
                The former senator's governorship ambition has been looming since his 12-year stay in the National Assembly, and he is  now frontally  going into the ring to slug it out with contestants.
               He has on July 19, 2019 upped  his ante  by picking the PDP's interest and nomination forms for the August primaries. This bold step by him, has given a boost to his current aspiration, as supporters and admirers at the PDP Secretariat in Abuja as well as those online and offline who had waited too long to see this day, greeted   his action with ovation.
               Receiving the forms from the National Organising Secretary of the PDP,  Col. Austin Akobundo (Rtd.), Senator Paulker who hails from Opolo-Epie in Yenagoa City, assured the party of victory at the general polls.
            "I have served, and still ready to serve. I have served as senator  three times. I have served as lands and housing commissioner in the state. I have served the party too. Public office is about service. The fact that the people elected me to represent them three times in the Senate  affirms the quality of my service to the people and their love for me.

          "If I am  nominated for the November governorship election in Bayelsa, PDP should go to sleep with two eyes closed, and be sure of victory. The party has won before. I have also won before. And we shall win again". Senator Paulker assured while collecting his nomination forms.
             At  his residence in Abuja, soon after collecting the forms, Senator Paulker said that "God alone gives position, and if God says the governorship seat of Bayelsa is for him this year, it will manifest without hindrance."

            Paulker, a close ally of former President Goodluck Jonathan, added that he does not set out for any project  in his life and fail, thus, his ambition to be governor will also come to pass this year.

             He said he as a detribalised Bayelsan, has helped a lot of persons, most of whom are  unfamiliar to him, but without singing song about his gestures to humanity, through public and private efforts.

              According to him, Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, which he represented in the Senate for three terms is dotted with  his constituency projects in many communities, without his indulging in self-praise because he preferred to talk less about the projects,  and do more of actions in physical development, empowerment of the people and legislative efforts.

            He called on all local government areas, delegates for the primary election and party faithfuls to stand by him in his aspiration, assuring that, as a detribalised and pragmatic leader, he would carry every area and stakeholders along in the speedy development of Bayelsa and welfare of the people of the entire state without discrimination.

               Earlier the National Organising Secretary, Col Austin Akobundo (Rtd.) had said that the PDP was happy with the way the forthcoming governorship elections have reawakened its members  in the two states. The organising secretary who jokingly asked Senator Paulker whether he would be the last aspirant from Bayelsa State, stated that the long line of aspirants for the contests would rather strengthen the party more.
              Austin however, made it clear that the PDP would not impose candidates on the party, in the Bayelsa and Kogi States elections, and has never anointed any aspirants for those states.
             He said the Bayelsa governorship ticket was not at the PDP Secretariat in Abuja, but at the state, hence aspirants should go home to struggle for it.
           "All aspirants should go home and market themselves and their programmes to the delegates to convince them to have the votes", the National Organising Secretary urged.
          According to him, the party has set high standards for the primary elections, to give every aspirants, equal opportunities, stating that the essence was to let the best candidates who can win the general elections emerge in the states, as well as project the party as having regard for internal democracy.
           He thanked Bayelsa State for always supporting PDP, and called on the people to remain firm in their unalloyed support.





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