Yenagoa - Senator Emmanuel Paulker has blasted former President Goodluck Jonathan and the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for shutting him out from the Bayelsa State governorship race, reports NewsDay.
Paulker, a close ally of Jonathan and a former Chairman of Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area, Ebikitin Diongoli, were disqualified at the party’s zonal screening committee in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, last Saturday.
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At the screening, only the incumbent governor, Seriake Dickson, was successfully cleared, leaving him as the sole contender for the governorship election coming up on December 5.
Paulker blamed Jonathan and the national leadership of the party for his disqualification.
Speaking through his campaign organisation, Paulker said it was unfortunate that the same PDP, which allowed him fly its flag for the Senate seat six months ago would on a flimsy excuse of tax papers barred him from contesting the governorship primaries.
He stated that while the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has opened its doors for all its 19 governorship aspirants to contest the primaries, the PDP has shut its doors firmly against its governorship aspirants.
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- News 24