Bayelsa election: Jonathan endorses Gov Dickson for second term
Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, has received the blessing of former President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term run.
Jonathan cited excellent track record of regular payment of workers' salaries, reduction of the state's huge debt profile and infrastructural development as his motivation to endorse Dickson.
Jonathan, while receiving Governor Dickson at his country home, Otuoke in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state, expressed satisfaction with the developmental strides of the governor in the last three and half years in the state.
In his words, “If Bayelsa is compared to other states in the country in terms of level of physical infrastructure coupled with the degree of indebtedness in terms of bank loans and capital market, Dickson deserved to be praised.
“I am not expecting the governor to score 100 per cent. There are three key parameters I will like to score Dickson, which are payment of salaries, physical infrastructure and low indebtedness of the state in terms of bank loans and in the capital market.
“If you compare what has happened in other parts of the country, you will praise Dickson. People should think more about the way the state is being run and prepare for our future generation.
“Bayelsa is not a cursed state. On the notion that governors in Bayelsa cannot do eight years, it slows down development and except there is continuation in government, development will be truncated. Performance is not about satisfying individual needs and so we need to encourage Governor Dickson to go for second term.”
If Dickson is given the opportunity of a second term, he would strive to consolidate on the achievements already recorded, the former president said.
Dickson had in his earlier remarks sought the the support and encouragement of Dr. Jonathan to run for a second term, saying that he and his entourage needed to seek his support, as he was the leader of PDP both at the state and national levels.
Dickson who has been canvassing support from stakeholders of the party as well as royal fathers of the state preceding his formal declaration to run for the governorship election had earlier paid homage to the Chairman of the state Traditional Rulers Council, King Alfred Diete Spiff.
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