Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have started a reconciliatory process to reconcile discontents arising from the primaries.
The primary election was attended by former President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Seriake Dickson and other major stakeholders of the party.
In his address, immediately after the counting of ballots, the chairman of the electoral committee and Governor of Taraba State, Darius Ishaku, declared Diri winner of the election having met all the conditions and got the highest number of votes.
Concise News reports that Dickson, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary Fidelis Soriwei confirmed that some leading aspirants met with the governor after the election which produced Senator Douye Diri.
”The party’s leadership would contact other aspirants to restore them back to the family,” the governor said.
Among the aspirants that met with the governor, are Deputy Governor Rear Admiral John Jonah (rtd); Keniebi Okoko, chief of staff in the Government House Talford Ongolo.
Governor Dickson, who commended the 21 aspirants for their maturity and sportsmanship; however, he reappointed Ongolo, who resigned to contest the primaries.
The governor further advised the political class, “to be tolerant and show maturity ahead of the November 16 election.”
Dickson appealed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other relevant agencies to conduct a credible poll.
Diri, who defeated 19 other aspirants to emerge the PDP candidate for the forthcoming November 16 governorship election in the state.
Out of a total of 1,244 accredited delegates, Douye Diri secured 561 votes to beat his closest rival Chief Ndutimi Alaibe, who pulled 365 votes.
Keniebi Okoko, son of a former national President of the Ijaw National Congress and Professor of Political Science, Kimse Okoko, got the third position in the primaries with 142 votes.
Diri was believed to be the preferred candidate of the state governor, Seriake Dickson, for the Restoration Caucus in the state chapter of the PDP.
Prior to the voting, delegates were accredited at the Ijaw House on the Sani Abacha Expressway from where they were conveyed to the Dr Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre.