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Dickson Declares For Second Tenure Amid Tight Security

Posted: Sep 9, 2015 at 12:06 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma


Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson on Tuesday formally declared his intention to run for second term in office on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in the expected December 5 governorship election in the state.

The carnival-like declaration of Dickson amid tight security at the Samson Siasia Sport Complex, Yenagoa, was co-ordinated by the governor’s Restoration Campaign Organisation headed by Fred Agbedi, a member of the House of Representatives, representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency.

Among the dignitaries that graced the ceremony were former President Goodluck Jonathan, his wife and former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of Dickson, Rachael, Bayelsa  State Deputy Governor, John Jonah, former Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and his wife, Margaret, a member of PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Gordon Bozimo and former Military Governor of Delta and Ebonyi states, Navy Capt. Walter Feghabo-Amain (rtd).

Others were the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, Senators James Manager, Foster Ogola , Ben Murray-Bruce and House of Representatives members Douye Diri, Foingha Jephthah and Henry Offongo. Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko, led some members of the forum, including the governors of Delta, Abia, Ebonyi and Kogi states, who were represented by their deputies, to show solidarity to Dickson and the party at the occasion.

Members of the PDP Unity Group in the state chapter of the party, led by Dickson’s former Commissioner for Transport, Marie Ebikake, who are opposed to his second term bid, shunned the declaration as they were conspicuously absent at the event.

Addressing a massive crowed of party chieftains and supporters, Dickson, however, said he decided to seek re-election after wide consultations.

He said that his administration had done creditably well in the areas of infrastructure, security, education, health, agriculture and road construction, among others.

Dickson stressed that his good works in the past three and half years speak volume of his well-thought out vision and mission for the future of the state.

He also told the crowd that his government had enthroned political stability and cautioned the people against allowing  Bayelsa to be taken back to ‘Egypt’.

This government, your government, is a government of stability of political governance. After consultations, I declare for second tenure in office on the platform of the PDP”, said Dickson who urged the people to renew his mandate on December 5 for greater works.

In his remarks, former President Jonathan said “We are totally committed to deliver Dickson”.

Jonathan, who called on the people to allow the governor do eight years in office because he was a focused person, advised his opponents to drop their governorship ambition in the interest of the state.

He noted that while some state governors were battling with the challenge of salary payment and issues of indebtedness, physical development and security, Dickson had performed well in those areas.