Yenagoa – The Campaign for Development and Democracy in Bayelsa (CDDB) has shortlisted the names of three personalities who have signified their intention to participate in the governorship race in the state in 2019.
They include Reuben Okoya, former Coordinator of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) and ex-Bayelsa Commissioner for Special Duties; Godknows Igali, ex-Bayelsa SSG, retired Federal Permanent Secretary and former career diplomat; and Abel Ebifemowei, former Chairman, Bayelsa State Environmental Sanitation Authority and ex-Transport Officer, Government House, Yenagoa.
The CDDB is a civil society group with grassroots structure pushing for good governance and participatory democracy in the state.
While Okoya hails from Yenagoa Local Government Area, which is yet to produce a governor from Bayelsa Central, Igali and Ebifemowei are from Southern Ijaw LGA, which produced the first civilian governor of the state, late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, from the central senatorial district.
Executive Director of the CDDB, Ekiyor Welson, said in a statement in Yenagoa on Monday that the three governorship hopefuls had identified with the group’s activities in mobilising the people to deepen the democratic process in the state ahead of the 2019 governorship contest.
He said that the shortlisting of their names was the outcome of a one-month notice by the group on the January 10 2018, which was widely publicised to all interested patriots in the state to collaborate with the group for the forthcoming electoral exercise.
Welson explained that Okoya, Igali and Ebifemowei had responded to the call on eligible persons to contact the CDDB and make their profiles available not later than February 15, 2018, for a strategic synergy.
He said that the three illustrious sons of Bayelsa would now have their names presented to the people of the state who would make their final choice as part of the democratic process.
“In making their final choice, the people should be guided by the zoning principle, competence, track record, political network and financial capacity,” Welson said.
He further stated that the group would create the platform for interaction between the representatives of the masses, the media and Okoya, Igali and Ebifemowei, “who would be expected to articulate their ideas, beliefs and plans for the administration of the state.
“At the end of the day, the best man for the job would be chosen, endorsed, announced and presented to the people and the political class for further actions,” he added.
Welson, who thanked the three governorship materials for honouring the CDDB and showing sufficient humility to serve Bayelsa, also called on members of the public to forward their informed preferences based on the outlined parameters to the group.