Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has carefully selected its candidates for the Oct. 31 by-elections in Central and West Senatorial Districts.
Diri spoke after former Gov. Seriake Dickson and the immediate-past Chairman of the party, Mr Moses Cleopas, emerged as candidates for the by-elections in Bayelsa West and Bayelsa Central Senatorial Districts respectively.
The governor commended the transparent and peaceful conduct of the party primaries in Yenagoa and Sagbama via a statement issued on Sunday in Yenagoa by his Acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah.
Diri said that he was satisfied with the process, while lauding the aspirants and delegates for their orderly conduct throughout the party primaries which were held on Saturday.
He called on PDP members to close ranks and work for the success of the party candidates in the forthcoming by-elections.
Diri expressed the confidence that the PDP would win the two senatorial by-elections.
“You will attest to the fact that the primaries were very orderly, transparent and fair. I am very sure that everybody is satisfied with the conduct. PDP is always throwing up the best candidates.
“You can also agree with me that in PDP, we carefully select and nominate our candidates. You can see the difference between the candidates of PDP and the candidates of any other party,” he added.
The governor congratulated Dickson and Cleopas and described them as the perfect candidates for the polls.
“We are presenting our best for the election. The former governor is highly experienced in the legislature and the running of the executive arm. He is a lawyer too.
“Our former Chairman is a good party man with oratory power and great leadership skills.
“They will be good representatives in the Senate and strong voice for Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation. I call on our people to support these great men in the forthcoming by-elections,” he said.