By Mbah Green Okem, Yenagoa
Former minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, founder Darlon Security and Guards Ltd, David Lyon and six other governorship aspirants of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State have entered into a peace pact to accept the outcome of tomorrow’s (August 29) All Progressives Congress party primaries.
Other aspirants that assented to the pact include Preys Aganaba, Prince Ebitimi Angbare, former Cross River REC, Frankland Briyai, former female commissioner of Police, Deseye Poweigha and Prof. Maureen Etebu.
The pact, which was entered into before the Seven-man National Screening Committee of the Party led by Hon. Isa Song, was verbal and they all promised to accept the outcome of the governorship primaries and work with whoever emerges as the party’s flag-bearer.
Preye Aganaba told news men that the aspirants made a pledge to support the outcome of the primaries, disclosing that the pact entered into by the aspirants was verbal.
“We didn’t sign yet over that pledge. We were made to make a pledge to abide by the outcome of the primaries. Let us have a free, fair primaries. Let what happened in 2015 not happen in 2019.
“A lot of things have changed and Nigerian courts have stepped into the political arena to make and un-make political decisions by voters because of intrigues or mistakes that political parties made during their conduct of primaries. So we should be careful so that the outcome of the process will be accepted by everybody so that we can move forward from there.”
Also, former minister, Heineken Lokpobiri, said the aspirants were satisfied with the outcome.
“Well, the screening committee did an excellent job, out of the seven aspirants I happen to be the last person to be screened and I think the process went very well. Well if am picked am going to lead the party into victory no doubt about that. And if you can remember Inam, the one Governor Dickson is abusing every day, he doesn’t abuse any other person so that clearly states that am the one.
“If I don’t get the ticket, I’ll definitely cooperate with the party. Am a party man; ultimately, whoever gets the party ticket the other aspirants are expected to rally round so we can work together for the party,” he stated.