Bayelsa State Governor Hon. Seriake Dickson has called on the Local Government chairmen aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to embark on an issue based and peaceful campaigns in the state. Governor Dickson gave the charge during the PDP Local Government election campaign flag off at the Peace Park in Yenagoa., for the election which is scheduled to take place next week end. The Governor also urged the candidates to carry along stakeholders and the various caucus chairmen of the party to convene a meeting and take charge not only of the campaigns but also be in a position to guide and direct the chairmen of the various local governments. According to Hon. Dickson, “the old era of politics of acrimony and divisions which begins at the local government level must stop. The era of disrespect for your stakeholders and leaders because you think you are a chairman and you have access to government must stop” Your government will be directed by the stakeholders of our party at all levels” Describing Bayelsa as a PDP stronghold, Hon. Dickson urged the various candidates to go all out to win the election and particularly charged the PDP stakeholders to demonstrate their commitment by delivering their wards to the party. He also noted that after the elections, the successful aspirants should carry everybody along for the collective interest of the state just as he is doing at the state level.
Representative of the PDP National Chairman, who is also Political Adviser to the National Chairman, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Gusau described Governor Dickson as a transformer and urged the candidates to fly the party’s flag high in the forthcoming local government polls. In his remarks, the state Deputy Governor, Retired Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah enjoined the flag bearers to replicate the developmental efforts of the state government in their respective local government areas when elected. Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Konbowei Benson said the state is experiencing tremendous transformation owing to the purposeful leadership style of the governor and urged the aspirants to take a cue from him. In their separate speeches, the Senator representing Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, Senator Emmanuel Paulker, Chief Thompson Okorotie, Engr. Numoipre Wills and Chief Remi Kuku said the flag bearers have all been carefully chosen to key into the restoration agenda of the present administration. According to them, it will no longer going to be business as usual because the chairmen would be closely monitored to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people at the grassroots. Highpoint of the event was the presentation of flags to the chairmanship candidates of the party by Governor Dickson, who was assisted by the representative of the PDP National Chairman, National Assembly members from the state and other stakeholders of the party.