June 6, 2023

Bayelsa Guber: APC aspirant Daumiebi distances self from petition, smear campaign

Bayelsa Guber: APC aspirant Daumiebi distances self from petition, smear campaign

A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Bayelsa State, Barr. Festus Daumiebi has denied his involvement in any petition against his co-aspirant in the forthcoming election in the state.

In a statement signed and sent to DAILY POST on Tuesday, Daumiebi frowned at aspirants and their supporters who are in the habit of making protests with written petitions aimed at throwing shade at co-aspirants and then inserting his name as the author of the communication.

Daumiebi, who is one of the frontrunners in the race, stated that he is not part of any internal squabble in the party in the state and will never be in the overall interest of the well-being of the party.

The statement read in parts, “A notice is hereby given to the general public that some Gubernatorial aspirant of the APC in Bayelsa State and their supporters have resorted to a smear campaign and playing mischief with my good name. Their intention is to play spoiler, stoke fire, wedge a war behind the radar using my name and reputation and, in the process, attract self-gains.

“Ordinarily, I would have left them to their own device, but to insert my name in such condescending statements and pass it off as my communication in the hope of making a maximum impact is to go beyond the bounds of decency.

“It is, therefore, with great restraint and compelling necessity that I have to make this disclaimer stating that I am not part of any internal squabbles in the All Progressives Congress in the State and will never be in the overall interest of the well-being of the party.

“The petitions casting aspersion on co-aspirants is vexatious, brought in bad faith and did not emanate from my team or me. For the records, I wish to categorically state further that I have never in my entire life written any petition to disparage anyone and would not stoop so low to do that because of a party primary election, which is a family affair. Mine has always been to preach peace and unity. We do not have to hurt ourselves beyond redemption as we go about soliciting support.

“My position is inspired by the fact that for the APC in Bayelsa State to come out victorious in the forthcoming gubernatorial polls and subsequent elections, all warring factions must sheath their swords and embrace peace. True reconciliation and healing must be instituted, and all hands must be on deck.

“Let it also be known that my intention to contest for the Governorship seat of Bayelsa State is not born out of desperation but out of love and genuine desire to enthrone a new Bayelsa State that all of us will be proud of.

“Therefore, while all aspirants have the right to their ambition, I urge them not to be desperate in the quest to clinch the party ticket. If they must write petitions, they should be bold enough to use their names and signatures. They must desist forthwith from using my name, or I will be left with no option but to defrock them and also respond with a corresponding riposte. “

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