The immediate past Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Seriake Dickson on Friday picked the nomination and expression of interest forms of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Bayelsa West Senatorial District bye-election scheduled to hold on October 31.
Dickson opted to join the political contest for the vacant seat following overwhelming endorsements and calls on him by critical stakeholders, a statement by his Media Adviser, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, said.
He said that the stakeholders, who had sustained the pressure on Dickson to contest the election, procured the PDP forms for him to bring months of speculation involving his participation in the election to an end.
“The stakeholders cut across all the segments of the society such as women/youth groups, top political leaders, traditional rulers, students groups and others”, Soriwei said.
He said the former governor would make a formal declaration when he visits Bayelsa.
“There is the prevalent view in the Ijaw nation that the former governor was the most suitable voice for the senatorial district, Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation in the National Assembly.
“They said that Chief Dickson has the experience, the capacity, and the network to take advantage of the senate to promote the cause of his people,” he said.
Among those who endorsed Dickson, according to him, are Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark, former presidents of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), traditional rulers and political leaders.
The former governor thanked Clark, youth leaders, women groups and political leaders across party divide and the traditional rulers for the overwhelming endorsement he received from them.
Dickson, who has been away in Abuja for about six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is billed to visit Bayelsa and make a formal request to kick-start his campaign.
He thanked the coalition of groups, which picked the forms for him.