The failure of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to clinch the governorship seat in Bayelsa state has been blamed on the party leadership.
The PDP youths under the aegis of PDP South-South Youth Vanguard, also blamed Governor Seriake Dickson’s highhandedness for the failure.
The youth in a statement by its national chairman, James Efe Akpofure, alleged that monies exchanged hands between the party leadership and the governor over his choice of candidate.
The youth further alleged that monies also exchanged between the party leadership, Timi Alaibe and Ken Koko over the party ticket.
The group noted that Bayelsa people were not happy with Governor Dickson’s decision to feature a candidate that is not popular among the people.
The PDP Youth Vanguard added that the decision of the governor on his choice of candidate was selfish, adding that if Dickson had listen to the voice of the people, things would have been different.
Aside blaming Dickson, the group also blamed former President Goodluck Jonathan for anti-party, adding that no matter the issue, the governor, the party leadership and Jonathan would have found a way to resolve it.
The group said: “The failure of PDP to win Bayelsa State governorship election should be blamed on the party leadership led by Prince Uche Secondus.
“Governor Dickson should also be blamed for his highhandedness. He failed to listen to the people. He brought an unpopular candidate, who does not have what it takes to win the election.”
“The role of former President Jonathan didn’t help matters, rather, it escalates the situation. The alleged romance of Jonathan and Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike with All Progressives Congress (APC) Stakeholders and Minister of Petroleum, Timipre Sylva was also a factor in the failure of PDP to win the election. Dickson alone should not be blamed for the failure of the party.
The youth vanguard called for the dissolution of the Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party as well as the convening of a National Executive Committee (NEC) to address the crisis in the party once and for all in the interest of party members across the country.