BAYELSA ELDERS TO PDP DEFECTORS: “YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO IJAW NATION” —- PASS VOTE OF CONFIDENCE ON GOVERNOR DICKSON
Notable elders and leaders of thought in Bayelsa State operating under the aegis of Bayelsa Elders Consultative Council on Sunday in Yenagoa, after a crucial meeting with the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, lashed out at those who defected from the PDP to the All Progressive Congress (APC), saying that they are a disgrace to the Ijaw Nation.
According to the elders who unanimously passed a vote of confidence on the governor and urged him to re-contest for a second term in office, berated the defectors, describing them as fair weather politicians with savage mentality.
On his part, Governor Henry Seriake Dickson decried the spate defections from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC in the State, describing such defectors as ingrates and persons, who do not mean well for Bayelsa State and the Ijaw Nation.
On his part, Governor Dickson, who expressed his feelings at the meeting, noted that, most of the defectors are major beneficiaries of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s magnanimity over the years, but abandoned him as soon as he lost the presidential election.
(PHOTO. Governor Seriake Dickson (R), being received by PDP Stalwart, Chief Charles Dorgu (L), while the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Hon. Fyneman Wilson (M), looks on with delight, during the Governor’s visit to Sagbama town.)
According to him, this is the time when such persons should reciprocate the former President’s goodwill towards them, instead of out rightly turning their backs against him and the PDP that, practically built them from obscurity to political relevance.
“This persons are clearly not for us; they are enemies of the Ijaw Nation and it is sad that, people who have benefited immensely from the PDP and Dr. Jonathan could within so short a time jump ship. And, yet they come and deceive us that, they love us. This are not persons to be taken serious and we must fall prey to their antics”
Governor Dickson also used the opportunity to call on the security agencies in the state to step up their game, adding that, in spite of the prevailing peace and stability, they should not rest on their oars.
He observed with dismay, the upsurge in kidnappings, sea piracy, killings and other criminal activities of recent, which he attributed to the politicking and other factors, admonishing Bayelsans to give their support to the law enforcement agencies.
Governor Dickson decried the unwarranted attacks on his government, disclosing that, in spite of the distractions, the administration has continued to promote freedom of speech and expression.
On the financial situation of the state, Governor Dickson explained that, despite the short fall in revenue acruing to the State from the federal allocation, the government has remained committed to payment of salaries of civil servants and pensioners in the State.
“My government has completed big projects like the Toru-Ebeni bridge, Ogbia/Nembe road, the road to Boro Town and the building of several secondary and primary schools across the state gulping about N23b(twenty three billion Naira).
Governor Dickson assured the elders that, the development of the state will continue to be given priority and called for the support, encouragement and prayers of well meaning Bayelsans.
“While I ask for your support, encouragement and prayers to make Bayelsa a better place for all, we need to tap your wealth of experience and wisdom as the government builds institutions to move the state to greater to heights”
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Bayelsa state elders forum, Chief Francis Doukpola noted that, the interaction will foster more understanding and cooperation among stakeholders, while urging traditional rulers to be sensitive to security issues in their domains by closely monitoring the activities of their subjects.
He was full of praise for the Governor’s pragmatic leadership style and commitment to the development of the State, which pointed out were unprecedented in the history of the State, stressing that, as a group, they would continue give him all the needed support to move the state forward.
The meeting had in attendance the Chairman of the State Traditional Rulers Council, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, former Military Governor of old Bendel State, General John Yeri, Rtd, Chairman of the Bayelsa State founding fathers Forum, Dr. Amba Ambaiowei, Secretary to the State Government, Professor Edmond Allison-Oguru, among others.