Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) stakeholders in Bayelsa West senatorial district declared on yesterday that zoning of National Assembly seats between Sagbama and Ekeremor Local Government Areas must remain sacrosanct.
The two local government areas currently represented by former Gov. Seriake Dickson at the Senate form the district.
Chief Richard Kpodoh, spokesman for the political stakeholders in Sagbama Local Government Area, called on the National Executive Committee of the PDP to allow the zoning arrangement to remain.
He appealed to the national committee to resist any lobby by PDP executives in Bayelsa to breach the zoning arrangement or risk protest votes at the 2023 general elections.
Kpodoh told newsmen in Yenagoa that the call had become imperative to pave way for the victory of the party at the next senatorial election.
The community leader explained that it was the turn of Ekeremor to produce the flag bearer of the party for Senate in 2023.
He cautioned that any move to re-elect former Gov. Dickson against the zoning formula that now favours Ekeremor might derail PDP’s victory at the poll.
He also advised those lobbying to impose Dickson as senator for a second term to retract as the move was uncalled for and detrimental to the wishes of the constituents.
Kpodoh added that the planting of seeds of political discord amongst the people of Bayelsa West because of the ambition of one person was an aberration of the oath to which the Bayelsa party executives swore.
He urged the People of Bayelsa West to unite and work assiduously as one indivisible entity.
This, Kpodoh said, was by ensuring that the zoning formula that favours Ekeremor to produce the next senator was left sacrosanct.