Ex-President staging a comeback for 2019 reelection - PDP

The former president has been accused of scheming to launch a reelection bid to become president in 2019.

In a report by The Punch, the leader spoke on the condition of anonymity, accusing the former president of planning to install his choices into political positions to build a support base to launch his own bid to get reelected as president in two years time.

He said, "The former President wants to control the state because he desperately wants to stage a come-back at the Presidency in 2019. For him to do that, he must be seen to be in control of the party in the state.

"He desires to install not only the next governor; he also wants to install his surrogates in other elective positions in 2019 such as senators, House of Representatives members and the state House of Assembly lawmakers."

He further alleged that the former president is trying to overthrow Bayelsa governor, Seriake Dickson, who he sees as a stumbling block to his ambitions.

He said the president's plan to gain control in the state involves listing Bayelsa as one of seven states whose executive committees were slated for dissolution.

This was a decision that was reached at the PDP's non-elective national convention, which held at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

The PDP source said, "Jonathan also desperately wants all groups and individuals with political aspirations to queue behind him as the leader of the party in the state ahead of the 2019 elections. It will guarantee him a sure footing to make a strong bid for the party's presidential ticket come 2019.

"Hence, the need to take the governor out at all cost since he is the only one constituting a stumbling block to the realisation of his dream.

"To this end, we learnt on good authority that the former President himself with his own handwriting inserted Bayelsa in the list of seven states whose executive committees were slated for dissolution arising from the decision reached at the party's recent non-elective convention in Abuja."

The state chairman of the PDP in Bayelsa, Cleopas Moses, had only recently dismissed attempts by "anti-democratic forces" from using the party to impose candidates of their choice.

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