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Yenagoa, May 10, 2008 (NAN) Vice-

President Goodluck Jonathan said

the PDP would have no problem in

winning election in Bayelsa State

because ``it is a united party''.

Speaking at the flag-off of the PDP

governorship campaign today in

Yenagoa, Jonathan assured former

Gov. Timipre Sylva and his Deputy

Peremobowei Ebebi of their joint

ticket.

Jonathan said the duo remained

the flag bearers of the party in the

May 24 fresh election by the grace

of God.

He said the annulment of the election

at the Appeal Court on April 15 ``is a

blessing to the PDP, a blessing to

Nigeria as a country''.

``I know that no other party will win

election in Bayelsa State because

the thinking before now was that

we in (PDP) are quarrelling,"

Jonathan said.

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The vice-president advised the

Action Congress (AC) candidate

Prince Ebitimi Amgbare as a brother

to come over to the PDP and stop

wasting his money in running for

the election.

Jonathan also appealed to members

of the PDP in the state to endure and

queue to vote on the election day

to avoid a repeat of the Appeal

Court verdict.

Also speaking, former Gov. Diepreye

Alamieyeseigha, said he was not

campaigning for any particular

candidate because ``the crowd

here has determined the result

of the election."

``I appeal to the conscience of

Bayelsa people that the coming

election is contest among brothers

and therefore, should conduct

themselves with decorum before,

during and after the elections," he

said.

Alamieyeseigha, who is a blood

brother of the Action Congress

(AC) governorship candidate,

further advised that ``we have to

be alive to enjoy the dividends of

democracy''.

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He also admonished party members

against carrying of arms such as

AK-47, Grenade Propelled Launchers,

dynamites and other weapons

during the elections because they

were not voters cards.

The ex-governor, who said ``there

was enough of blood shed in

Bayelsa and the Niger Delta region,"

charged Bayelsans to behave well

and be peaceful during the

forthcoming elections.

Also speaking, Gov. Rotimi Amaechi

of Rivers said Timipre Sylva ``is the

best thing that is happening to

Bayelsa State.

``We shall make ensure that we

return Timipre Sylva in the

forthcoming election," he said. (NAN)

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