The governorship ambition of the Labour Party (LP) candidate in Bayelsa State, Udengs Eradiri, has suffered a setback as six local government chairmen of the party dumped him on the eve of the election.
The party leaders dumped Eradiri over the alleged exclusion of the party executives and structure in the governorship campaign.
The leaders also claimed that Eradiri deliberately refused to inaugurate the campaign council but appointed only a two-man campaign structure, which he used as mere errand boys.
The Party Chairmen, Super Kworkwor (Yenagoa), Ifiemi Ilahnyog (Southern Ijaw), Clinton Naru Emesua (Ogbia), Tamuno Deifugha (Kolokuma/Opokuma), Warri Moses (Sagbama) and Appi Ebierelayefa Stephen (Nembe).
In a statement issued in Yenagoa on Friday, the party leaders said Eradiri shunned several invitations to appear before the party’s State Executives and advice on needed synergy with party officials.
They also claimed that the party’s governorship candidate openly insulted, embarrassed and rejected every advice offered to him to enable the party to participate in the campaign activities.
The statement reads: “Our candidate lacks the maturity required to be the governor of Bayelsa State. Yes, we agree that he is well educated and has experience, but maturity is zero. He is too petty, fault-finding, quick-tempered, impatient and very argumentative. Our candidate does not believe in our party or its leadership. He abuses and criticizes the party leaders both in private and in public. Even the national leaders are like children as far as our candidate is concerned.
“The governorship candidate of our party in Bayelsa State deceived us about his financial preparedness to contest this governorship election. Every Bayelsan knows the enormous financial implications of contesting for the position of governor of a state. The candidate is also 100 per cent aware that the party has depleted its resources in the last presidential election, and he ought also to know to have come prepared. Instead, he asked the party what we had brought to the table.”