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
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
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.
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
According to Dickson, the governorship poll is not only
about Senator Douye Diri, the PDP flagbearer but about the entire
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
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.
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
“The only thing to show is the invasion of our communities, which have been destabilized.
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
“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
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.
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
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
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