Efforts toward the re-election of Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson yesterday received a major boost, with stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekeremor local government area of the state endorsing him for second term in office.
Speaking at an expanded meeting with the governor in Yenagoa, the stakeholders led by the Ekeremor Caucus chairman of the party, Chief Thompson Okorotie said their decision to support and work for Governor Dickson’s re-election was informed by his administration’s impressive performance.
According to Chief Okorotie, the state particularly, the people of Bayelsa West Senatorial District comprising, Ekeremor and Sagbama local government areas have not felt the impact of government as much as they currently do since the creation of the state.
He pointed out that several development projects ranging from educational institutions, roads, health and other critical public infrastructure have been completed in all the nooks and crannies of the state.
Chief Okorotie, who assured the governor of the people’s determination to work for him, expressed optimism that, the area will experience more government presence during the governor’s second term, noting that, but for the nationwide financial crisis, sand-filling of the Ekeremor-Sagbama road, which is currently at Ofoni, would have reached Ekeremor main town by now.
In his remarks, Governor Dickson who described Ekeremor as a foundational stronghold of the PDP expressed gratitude to the people of Ekeremor for their steadfast support for the party, since inception in 1999.
Acknowledging their doggedness and forthrightness in politics, the governor said he has no iota of doubt that the people would still vote for the PDP, as the only party that protects the interest of the Ijaw man in the forthcoming governorship election.
Describing the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state as a party with only governorship candidates without members, Hon Dickson said PDP would not in anyway feel the impact of some politicians, who defected from the party out of greed and vaulting political ambition.
Governor Dickson noted that the PDP-led government has almost concluded modalities for rewarding its members, who will actively work for the victory of the party, and therefore urged the people to choose credible grassroots-based representatives that he would directly relate with to ensure accountability and transparency.
His words: “from what we have learnt in the past, we want to make sure that we reward those of you who work for the good of our party. I can assure you that going forward, the issue of ‘monkey dey work, baboon dey chop’ will not be allowed. We will do everything to discourage it.
“I will soon embark on a tour of our communities in this state, which will afford me the opportunity to take stock of what we have done for our people and the challenges left for us to tackle even though we know that no government will be able to solve all the problems of society. I will like to meet with your representatives directly because we want to do away with the issue of dealing with so many middlemen.
“Let me therefore call on you to choose truthful, credible and tested people that can work with us to produce good results for our party so that you can also reap the dividends of your labour.”


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