Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has dismissed the threat by the All Progressives Congress, APC, as he prepares to slug it out with the APC in the coming governorship election in the state.
Dickson, who expressed strong convictions that he would be re-elected, said his records of performance speak volumes for him.
The governor said the restoration support base was far more robust now than it was in 2012 declaring that the APC has no structure on ground to threaten the PDP in the election in the state.
The governor explained that in 2011 when he was running for the governorship election, he did not have the benefit of a support base composing assembly members, local government chairmen and councillors, as compared to now when all these groups are on board.
“The campaign team we have, when we unveil it, you will see that, it is made up of who is who in politics of their communities, wards and their constituencies. It is an impregnable thing.
“The restoration support base is actually far more robust now than it was in 2012 and we have the advantage that I am running on a record of concrete achievements, not promises as any other person may be.
“The core restoration team is still intact. As a matter of fact, we are even stronger now because at that time, we didn’t have national assembly members supporting me.
“Now, all national assembly members are on board; all 21 Assembly Members are on board. I didn’t have local government chairmen when I was running last time, now they are all on board. I didn’t have councillors supporting, now they are all on board, commissioners and elders of the state are all on board.”
Speaking on the recent defection of some prominent PDP members of the APC, Dickson said that decamped were loyalists to former Governor Timipre Sylva.
“So, if you see a man who was Sylva’s deputy governor and his speaker, who became acting governor decamping to join Sylva, you shouldn’t be surprised, because they were not with us. It may sound as if some big thing is happening, because they are the same characters that we replaced.”
“They were not just with Sylva in his APC and that tells you a lot about the way they practiced politics, because if they were loyal and committed to Sylva and his political tendencies, they should have been in APC long ago, but they were with us and they stayed back and now they are going to meet their master because the APC has won power at the centre, so they were not part of our winning formula in 2012.
“The chairman of APC in the state was a local government chairman under Sylva’s administration and when I became governor, he served out his tenure and he has gone to join his master. That is what is happening.”
While describing his ‘record of service in the last three years as good enough,’ Dickson expressed confidence that, though, power comes from God, the people appreciate the development strides of the present government in the midst of daunting challenges.
He noted that the forthcoming election was not only about him, but also about securing the future of the people and the state.

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