Bayelsa Guber: Jonathan, Anenih, Others Endorse Dickson
SAN FRANCISCO, September 07, (THEWILL) – Ahead of the December 5 governorship election in Bayelsa State, political heavyweights in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) including ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and former governor of the state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha have endorsed the re-election of Governor Seriake Dickson.
The party leaders including PDP acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and former chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, who spoke during the party's stakeholders meeting and dinner in Yenagoa, stressed that realities on ground clearly show that the present administration was doing well in the state.
Others who delivered goodwill messages at the event include Secretary, PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin; Vice Chairman of the party, South South, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh and Wing Commander Peter Biakpara.
Senator Foster Ogola, Hon. Douye Diri, Air Vice Marshal Larry Koinyan (rtd) and King Amalate Turner, the Paramount Ruler of Opume in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state also endorsed Dickson.
The meeting was also attended by PDP chieftains including Senator Stella Omu; Director-General, PDP Governors Forum, Osaro Onaiwu; House of Representatives member from Taraba, Hon. Rima Shawalu; his Plateau State counterpart, Hon. Solomon Maren and the Secretary of PDP South South Zone, among others.
Addressing the party faithful, Jonathan said that contrary to media reports and speculations, the PDP, which has been in control of the state since its inception in 1999, still has what it takes to win the forthcoming governorship election convincingly.
He said though some members of the party defected to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), the PDP family would not lose sleep over the development as it remains united and strong in its resolve to clinch victory in the December 5 polls.
Jonathan, who promised to attend a rally where Governor Dickson is expected to publicly declare his intention to seek re-election on Tuesday , however, advised the defectors to retrace their steps back to the PDP.
Secondus urged members of the party not to entertain any fears that the elections would be rigged, stressing that the National Working Committee and other organs of the party would put in all necessary machinery to ensure a free and fair electoral process.
He also assured aspirants who are jostling for the party’s ticket of the PDP national leadership’s resolve to conduct a credible and zero expenses primaries in the state and thereafter support the successful candidate to run an effective electioneering campaigns in all the nooks and crannies of the state.