Kinsmen of ex- President Goodluck Jonathan in Ogbia kingdom, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, have expressed their determination to work for the re-election of Governor Seriake Dickson, as a reward for his performance in his first term.
The governor and his entourage were in Ogbia kingdom in continuation of his community-to-community tour, where they were received by leaders and members of the various communities in the kingdom comprising of Jonathan’s Otuoke, Ologi, Otuokpoti, Anyama,Okodi, Epebu, Otuasega, Kolo town, Emeyal, Imiringi, Elebele, Opume, Oloibiri, Ogbia,Otakeme, Otuabagi and others.
They trooped out en mass to receive the campaign train of the governor, whom they described as a true son of Ijawland. Business activities in the affected communities were shut down during the two-day tour.
In endorsing Dickson for re-election, they noted that in spite of the dwindling allocationsfrom the Federation Account, the governor has been able to change the face of the state with the provision of the needed infrastructure in all the communities, adding that prompt payment of workers’ salary, welfare package for the senior citizens and his administration’seffective action to curb activities of the sea pirates on waterways were significant achievements.
“If this could be achieved in four years, then our amiable governor should be given the opportunity to serve another four years term in office’ declared Chief Graham Ipigansi who spoke on behalf of the community.
Addressing the mammoth crowd of supporters who received him at Epebu, the governor said this was the time they needed to stand firm by the PDP as a party that has given the people of the state particularly the Ogbia kingdom a pride of place in the political history of the country.
He promised that his administration would intensify efforts to link the communities along theAnyama axis with a road to Yenagoa, the state capital, adding that he has approved the rehabilitation of the dilapidated power lines from the Kolo creek gas turbine to provide electricity for Anyama and its environs.
He assured the people of the various communities visited including Otuokpoti that if supported to actualize his re-election bid, he would surpass the achievements of his first term.
Describing their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) as the only tools needed to actualize this dream, he said they should troop out on election day to vote and defend their votes, stressing that they should not be swayed by the propaganda of the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, (APC), which he said did not mean well for the people of the state.
“Anytime they come to you, always remember to ask them what their achievements wereduring their five years stay in office, if not violence. They have nothing to offer the state. The people of Bayelsa State are wiser now. This is your government. PDP is your party. Where is the change that they are professing”, Dickson told the people.
Calling on the people of the kingdom to reciprocate the goodwill they have enjoyed under the leadership of the PDP from its inception to date, the governor said the party is the only one that protects the interest of the minority groups in the country, noting the emergence of an Ogbia man in the person of Goodluck Jonathan as president of Nigeria.
Dickson, who described ward 13 which comprises Otueke, Otuabula 1, Ewoi and Otuabacommunities as the greatest ward having produced the first president from this part of the country, stressed the need for their support for the PDP in the coming election.
Also, at Imiringi, Mr. Peter Afagha on behalf of the community lauded the governor for the rate of developmental in the state as he promised the commitment of the people in the areas to vote for his re-election.
He, however, drew the governor’s attention to the challenges facing the people which includecompletion of the 14- kilometre Opolo-Elebele road.
In response to their request, the governor gave immediate approval for the rehabilitation of non- functioning water project in the area and promised to a link road to Otueke and the completion of the dualization of Opolo-Elebele road.
In the governor’s entourage were the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah, the paramount ruler of Opume, King Amalate Turner, Hon. Sodaguo Festus-Omoni, Hon. Mitema Obodor, Naomi Ogoli, Director General of the Restoration Campaign Organisation, Hon. Fred Agbedi, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite and a host of others.