Tension has gripped the oil-rich Bayelsa State following the governorship primaries of the ruling party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scheduled for Tuesday in Yenagoa, the state capital. It was observed that 21 aspirants in the race for the party’s ticket were engaged in high-wire politicking and supremacy battle to emerge as the candidate of the party. The aspirants belong to two groups comprising the Restoration Caucus of the PDP, which is the political family of the state Governor, Seriake Dickson, and other non-restoration contestants. Ahead of the stormy contest, stakeholders of the Restoration Caucus, which boasts of over 80 per cent of the party delegates, have thrown their weight behind one of the aspirants from the caucus and Senator repre
The Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to release funds to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to enable them overcome the harsh business environment in the country. The Presidency has defended the recent distribution of N10, 000 each to traders in the various open markets in Bayelsa State. It explained that the action was not with the intention of buying their votes as being speculated by some people. The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on the Social Investment Programme, Maryam Uwais, stated this in an interview with journalists in Abuja. She spoke against the background that the action was aimed at wooing voters in the state ahead of the November governorship election.
Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has said that the ‘Restoration’ camp will sponsor a consensus governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary. Do other aspirants have a chance at the shadow poll? Senior Correspondent Mike Odiegwu examines the preparations for the primary. On September 3, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will hold its primary to choose the governorship candidate for the November 16 poll in Bayelsa State. No fewer than 20 aspirants are battling for the ticket. Obviously, the race has become a straight battle between the Restoration Caucus of the PDP, led by Governor Seriake Dickson, and the non- restoration aspirants. Members of the restoration caucus are the governor’s aides. They are the 20 PDP lawmakers