👤 By Adenike Lucas, DENISAURUS News
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP might lose the Bayelsa Governorship election if party chieftains in the state do not get their acts together quickly.
The election scheduled to take place on November 16 is to find a replacement for Seriake Henry Dickson, a member of the PDP.
A stalwart of the party believes the election would not be a walk in the park if the PDP does not present an “acceptable candidate,” who other aspirants can fall behind.
Henry Shield, a former Special Adviser to Bala Mohammed, the Governor of Bauchi State, who served as FCT Minister from 2010 – 2015, told DENISAURUS News that he sees the “APC taking over Bayelsa.”
“My prediction for Bayelsa might surprise you. In fact, I had wanted to make it a breaking news, so I will give it to you. If the PDP does not get its act together and come up with an acceptable candidate – a candidate who other aspirants must fall under, I see the party doing itself in.”
In an exclusive telephone interview with DENISAURUS News on August 22, the former SA, who hails from Anambra State said the Governor must not impose his person on the on the party otherwise, “I see the APC taking over Bayelsa.”
Mr Shield, who predicted the move of two PDP governors to the APC way back in 2017, said that Mr Dickson, who has spent eight years in office might “move to APC,” after the election.”
He advised that the opposition party needs to select a “popular candidate.”
“If the PDP is able to get an acceptable candidate, a popular candidate, whatever the APC is bringing on board they will be trashed.” But, he adds: “if the Governor goes ahead with the idea that it has to be my person – someone who is not popular or anything, then he will lose and the same thing will happen in Kogi State.”
Mr Shield’s comment, made in an interview with DENISAURUS News for its special Big Interview Feature, comes a day before the election of the Kogi-West lawmaker was nullified.
The National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Lokoja on August 23, nullified the election of Dino Melaye.
The tribunal led by A.O. Chijiok ordered a fresh election to hold within 90 days.
The Tribunal’s decision to order a fresh election is not seen as a setback for the lawmaker who is planning to run for Governorship in the state anyway.
Analysing the Kogi election which will also take place on November 16, Mr Shield, 41 stated that it would be a tough contest.
“The Ebiras are the most popular ethnic group in Kogi and from there the former Governor Captain Idris Wada is planning to re-contest.
“But he has his brother from the same mother and father wanting to contest and a cousin is running against him,” he added.
“Dino is the only one showing readiness and willingness to win, but Dino is from Okun the Yoruba speaking section of the state. They don’t have the numbers. I just pray he will be able to navigate that waters smartly as I believe he would.”
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This month, our Big Interview was with Henry Shield. It will be published soon.