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Bayelsa APC Gov. Primaries: Otiotio Calls On Co-Aspirants To Cooperate With Party On Fresh Primaries

All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship hopeful in Bayelsa state, Ambassador Emmanuel Otiotio, has appealed to fellow aspirants to eschew bitterness, controversy and abide by the party’s directive to conduct a fresh election among the aspirants.
Otiotio, a former Nigerian Ambassador to Japan and a leading aspirant, in a statement, expressed confidence in the ability and impartiality of the APC national leadership to conduct free and fair primaries that will be acceptable to all.
According to him, “Politics and political contest should not be a do-or-die affair, but should be about service to humanity. We must imbibe the fear of God even in politics as we seek to serve the people and give our uttermost best.
“It behoves all of us in the APC to work together to rescue Bayelsa state from the precipice and uninspiring leadership. It is a task that goes beyond an individual and one which infighting and internal wrangling cannot achieve. We must all make a commitment to have a new Bayelsa.
“I have explicit confidence in the ability of our great leaders at the national level to conduct a fresh poll devoid of manipulation. I have no doubt that they want the best for Bayelsa people and are strongly interested in our party presenting a decent and purpose-driven candidate, and we must support them to actualise this.”
The Ambassador, who is among the 19 aspirants contesting the APC ticket for the December 5, 2015 gubernatorial election in Bayelsa, is seen by many within and outside the state circles as an upright figure who can sanitize the state, engender development and indeed get the support of the people to defeat the countryman governor, Seriake Dickson.
Otiotio has, however, pledged his loyalty to the party and President Muhammadu Buhari, assuring that “as a man of peace and law, I will abide by the outcome of properly-conducted future primaries and I will urge fellow aspirants to queue behind me to rescue Bayelsa if God helps me to win the ticket.”

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