The National Coordinator of Sagbama/Ekeremor Progressive Vanguard, Chief Seipkowei Aperaman, at a stakeholders forum in Yenagoa on Friday, emphasised that zoning formulate should be respected in Bayelsa West Senatorial District. The coordinator and other stakeholders cautioned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Sen. Seriake Dickson, who had shown interest to return to the National Assembly for the second time, to respect the zoning formula. The PDP stakeholders, therefore, resolved to support the senatorial candidate of the APC.
Ekeremor and Sagbama have been alternating the Senatorial seat peacefully since 1999. The National Coordinator of Sagbama/Ekeremor Progressive Vanguard stated that since 1999, the senatorial seat had been rotated peacefully on the principle of fairness, communal zoning as demonstrated by the founding fathers of the district.
He stated that stakeholders in Ekeremor and Sagbama resolved to support Wilson Ayakpo Danyegha, the Senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2023 general elections because the PDP abused the power rotation agreement.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which is expected to respect and ensure peaceful co-existence in the state is now abusing and making an effort to frustrate the zoning arrangement on the altar of greed and selfish aggrandisement.
“This conversation is on the sudden disruption of the smooth running of the zoning arrangement continues to attract backlash and wide rejection among the top stakeholders of the Sagbama and Ekeremor.
“The Bayelsa West Senatorial District consultative stakeholders and the assembly have again confirmed the senatorial zoning arrangement that has, in fact, fostered peace, unity and inclusiveness within the Sagbama and Ekeremor people of Bayelsa State,” he stated.
According to him, the APC candidate has a good track record that speak volumes, and exceptionally hard working man, and a senior citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The APC candidate is the best amongst all the Senatorial candidates from different political parties vying for the seat in the upper legislative arm of the Nigeria parliament.
“We the critical stakeholders from Sagbama and Ekeremor have also passed vote of confidence on the APC candidate Hon. Wilson Ayakpo, who is currently a Bayelsa State House of Assembly member, representing Ekeremor Constituency II.
“He is the one man that will certainly bring the people of Bayelsa West Senatorial District into the main stream of National Representative politics,” he said.
He urged the people of Sagbama and Ekeremor to go and collect their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) to vote the right candidate, during the senatorial election.