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Dickson Declares For Second Tenure August 28

Posted: Aug 10, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma Yenagoa

Bayelsa State governor Seriake Dickson will on August 28, 2015 formally declare his intention to run for a second term in office as governor of the state.

Seriake Dickson

Seriake Dickson

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled the state governorship election for December 5.

A Government House statement at the weekend stated that Dickson’s declaration would be “a grand rally” in the state capital,Yenagoa.

The statement was titled “Aug. 28 is D-Day as Gov Dickson declares for 2nd term” and signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Daniel Iworiso-Markson.

It enjoined the people of the state, especially the teeming supporters of the governor’s restoration government, to come out in their numbers.

It noted that the people’s coming out en mass would be their mark of appreciation for the development strides of the Dickson administration.

The statement added that more details of the governor’s  declaration would be made public in due course.

Ina related development, there are strong indications that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State will on Saturday, August 15, 2015 hold a mega rally in Yenagoa to receive over 70 political heavyweights who will be defecting to the party from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Daily Independent gathered at the weekend that over 600 followers of the defecting politicians would also dump the PDP for the APC.

Alex Ekiotenne, a PDP elder and former Honorary Adviser to Governor Seriake Dickson, is the arrowhead of the defection.

A list of the defectors to the APC made available to newsmen in Yenagoa on Sunday by Ekiotenne has  former Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and ex-Special Adviser on Niger Delta Matters to late President Umaru Yar’Adua,  Ndutimi Alaibe, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, former Acting Governors Nestor Binabo and Werinipre Seibarugu.

Others are former deputy governor Peremobowei Ebebi, Senator John Brambaifa, Senator Clever Ikisipo, Ambassador Emmanuel Otiotio, former House of Representatives member, Stella Dorgu, former NDDC chairman, Tarila Tebepah and Rear Admiral FBI Porbeni (retd.).

Also, former House of Representatives members Christopher Enai, Warman Ogoriba, Boulous Indiamaowei, Nelson Belief and Nadu Karibo, former Secretary to the State Government, Gideon Ekeowe and former Deputy Speaker, Fini Angaye, will abandon the PDP for the APC  on Saturday.

Ekiotenne also gave the  names of former commissioners in the state such as Lionel Jonathan – Omo, Alex Ekiotenne (himself), Charity Vedalago, Sylvanus Abila,  Abeke Ebikake, Diekivie Ikiogha, Godknows Powell, Capt. Matthew Karim (retd.), Nathan Egba, Torpedo Amananagha, Ebitimi Amgbare, Kesiye Frank-Oputu, as those also among the defectors.