by Segun Odeleye
The proxy war between Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, and the governor of his home state, Bayelsa, Gov. Seriake Dickson, continued on Sunday during the senatorial primary election in the Bayelsa West senatorial zone.
The governor backed the former chairman of the State Scholarship Board, Foster Ogala, while the president’s camp backed the incumbent senator, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, who heads the Senate Committee on Water Resources.
The two men won the primary in their separate venues, but not before some drama had taken place.
At the Dickson faction primary which held at the College of Education, Sagbama administrative office, Ogola got 69 votes, while Senator Lokpobiri scored zero, with Ayakeme Whiskey and Stella Dorgu scoring 27 and 3 votes.
But as the Chief Returning Officer, Mr. Oforji Oboku, was about to announce the result, Sen. Lokpobiri who had not been around, walked in, marched straight to the Returning Officer, Oboku, and shouted, “My friend, what do you think you are doing. Will you stop that nonsense?”
People began to scamper for safety, fearing the worse. Remember that this was the primary where the governor was already seated. Soon though, security operatives prevailed on the senator to leave the venue.
He thereafter left for the Community Primary School, Sagbama, where his own faction held a primary. He emerged winner with a total of 93 votes while Whiskey scored three votes and Ogola, Dorgu and Karimu got a vote each.
The parallel primary in which Lokpobiri was announced winner was conducted by Peter Bokumo as returning officer at Sagbama Community Primary School II.