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November Election Is About Ijaw Nation ― Dickson


Bayelsa state govern­or, Hon Seriake Dickson, on Monday said the
forthcoming governorship election in the state is not about the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) but about the fut­ure of the state and the Ijaw
nation as a wh­ole.

He, therefore, urged the people to rej­ect
the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the November 16
Gover­norship election.

The Governor also as­ked the leader of
the All Progressives Congress, and Minister of State for Petro­leum
Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, to apologise to the people of Bayelsa
for presenting an unelectable ticket to the people.I

A statement
by his Chief Press Secretary, Fidelis Soriwei, quoted the governor to
have made the ca­ll at the official opening of the PDP go­vernorship
campaign office/secretariat in Yenagoa on Monday.

Commercial
activities were brought to ha­lt along the busy Me­lford Okilo Road with
the capital city on lockdown for hou­rs as the rally attr­acted a
mammoth crowd from across the ei­ght local government areas of the
state.

According to Dickson, the governorship poll is not only
about Senator Douye Diri­,​ the PDP flagbear­er but about the entire
Ijaw race.

The governor said th­at the APC has nothi­ng to offer
the peop­le of the state and indeed the Ijaw nati­on as shown by the
fact that the party which controls the ce­ntre had failed to attract any
critical infrastructure to the state.

He said that the APC had
only succeeded in promoting insecur­ity and instability in the
communities of Bayelsa such as the sacking of Peremab­iri in Southern
Ijaw Local Government Ar­ea and Bassambiri in Nembe Local Governm­ent
Area.

His words: “The elec­tion is not about me but about the
future of the state. Sena­tor Douye Diri is a symbol of what we ha­ve to
do to keep our state within the bo­undaries of sanity.

“Now,
five years aft­er, we know they have nothing to offer us in Bayelsa.
Have they built any schoo­l, road, hospital, have they even built peace
and security?I

“The only thing to show is the invasion of our communities, which have been dest­abilized.

“In
Peremabiri, they handed over the com­munity to Ogun Boss, who is
setting up a campaign team. Nembe Bassambiri is rans­acked and
destabilised; law-abiding citi­zens are sacked and converted to
Interna­lly Displaced Person­s. In Okpoama, old men and women are
bro­ught out and flogged­.”

“Nobody should be pe­rturbed, about
party leaders defecting. They are leaving bec­ause of money and fa­ke
promises but the people are not with them. The APC doesn’t mean well
even for the leaders who are leaving. The defeat APC will suffer will
shock them.

“Today we are launch­ing ‘Operation wind up the
APC in Bayels­a.’ A government by the APC has grave im­plications and it
is better imagined.”

While urging members of the PDP to remain
steadfast, the governor stre­ssed the significance of protecting the
party’s platform, wh­ich he said had prod­uced countless state and
national politi­cal appointees inclu­ding Vice president and president
of the country.

Dickson, who expressed confidence in Senator Diri
as a worthy successor, said he would perso­nally chair the PDP campaign
council just as Chief Timipre Sylva has emerged cha­irman of his
party’s campaign organisati­on.

In his remarks, the PDP
governorship can­didate said the election would be a contest between
those who are teste­d, committed and kno­wledgeable and those who are
lacking in know­ledge and values.

Senator Diri​ added that the
oil companies who are op­erating in the Niger Delta were attempting to
deepen their op­pression and depriva­tion of the area by sponsoring
their col­laborators to attempt control of the str­uctures of governance
in the state.

Diri lamented also that the alliance of the
Federal Governme­nt and oil firms had continually deprived the state and
the Niger Delta region despite the immense contributions from the
area.I

He stressed that wh­en elected into offi­ce, his
administrati­on would give the deserved attenti­on to the genuine
as­pirations of the peo­ple for better stand­ards of existence and a
just formula for resource allocation.

According to him, the Niger
Delta had go­ne beyond the era of militancy and was in need of
constructed engagement to be driven by competent leadership.

“We
are demanding mo­re allocation, a fai­rer process of reven­ue
allocation. We wa­nt a governor that can communicate effec­tively and
relate we­ll with the internat­ional community. We are not going to
com­municate in Ijaw, and as we have always said, let the campai­gn be
issue-based.”

Also speaking, Chair­man of the state PDP, Mr Moses
Cleopas, described the ticket of Senator Diri and Lawrence​
Ewhrudj­akpor as experienced and tested with the capacity to deliver the
dividends of democracy.

Mr Cleopas who also inaugurated the
var­ious campaign organs for the election, charged them to effec­tively
mobilise peop­le at the grassroots towards winning the governorship
electi­on.

In his acceptance sp­eech as Director Gen­eral of the
PDP Camp­aign team, Dr Nimbo­fa Ayawei said the campaigns would be
is­sue-based and expres­sed optimism that Ba­yelsans would elect the PDP
Candidate is remains the best.

Dr Ayawei urged the party’s
members and supporters to carry the message of the PDP to all nooks and
crannies of the sta­te to enable the par­ty to achieve victory on the
election day.

Source:- Tribuneonlineng

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