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Bayelsa Political Elites Are Greedy –Dickson

Posted: Jun 22, 2015 at 1:21 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma Yenagoa

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, at the weekend, took a swipe at members of the political class in the state, berating them for ganging up to deny him re-election at the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

Describing the state’s political elites as greedy, Dickson dared them to stand in his way to realizing his second term bid on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

He spoke through a statement on Sunday in Yenagoa signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson.

He was reacting to accusations in an advertorial by some prominent politicians operating under the auspices of Bayelsa Peoples Consultative Assembly (BPCA) who defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the governorship election.

They alleged that the governor is high-handed and that he is running the affairs of Bayelsa in a manner which suggest that the state’s strategic interest under the PDP is no longer guaranteed.

But Dickson said, “The accusations were misplaced as they were only disguised reasons to justify the actions of the body which was motivated by greed”.

He reminded the political class that “contrary to their assertions, they actually constitute the problem of development in the state and not Governor Seriake Dickson”.

He said what is currently playing is an off-shoot of his “long-running battle with this class of politicians on the proper utilization of state resources to serve the people and never to serve the greed of the few”.

Dickson said the politicians have a selfish conception of politics and attitude in government which has retarded development in the state since era of the late statesman, Melford Okilo.

According to him, the driving force of the political class was “to return the state to the status quo where the resources of the state are shared among a few greedy lots at the expense of state development”.

“This is the truth. Since 1999, these are the same people who benefited in state and federal appointments which came with huge influence and privileges, but what did they do with such power and influence?

“What has been their contribution to economic development and empowerment of Bayelsans? All they want is free access to money which will enable them to live big at the expense of development and this is the point of departure between them and Governor Dickson”, he added.

The governor further stated that the decision of BPCA “members to join the APC would not make any difference in the electoral fortune of the PDP in the forthcoming elections”.

He expressed confidence that the people of Bayelsa would vote for him en mass in appreciation of his performance in office.

“It is now harder for them (the political elites) to win no matter how they try in a free and fair election and with regards to what is on the ground in the state”, Dickson said.