Ahead of the 2023 electioneering campaign in Bayelsa State, a political group in the state has tasked Governor Douye Diri to remain resolute and committed to the principle of rotation in the Bayelsa West Senatorial District basing his actions on equity, fairness, and a sense of belonging.
The group known as the Bayelsa West Patriotic Front (BWPF), made up of politicians from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekeremor and Sagbama Local Government Areas of Bayelsa West Senatorial District, urged the state Governor not to be swayed by the deceptive gimmicks of Senator Seriake Dickson during the Yuletide but must remain committed to the party on the ground of equity and fairness while fostering all-inclusiveness.
The BWPF, in a statement issued in Yenagoa, noted that the state governor has shown sterling performance in governance in the areas of peace, security and development of key infrastructures in the state.
However, the group maintained that the decision of Senator Seriake Dickson to re-echo the governor’s achievement was a suspicious move to curry favour and scuttle the existing rotation agreement in Bayelsa West Senatorial District.
The National Coordinator of the BWPF, Comrade Owei Ebiagbe, in a statement titled: “BAYELSA WEST AND THE POLITICS OF 2023 AND 2024” said despite the theatrics being displayed by the former Governor in his bid to scuttle the existing rotational agreement, Governor Douye Diri should stand firm to uphold the peaceful co-existence in the ruling PDP in the state.
He noted that Gov. Diri known for his rare leadership qualities must display true statesmanship and uprightness.
According to him, “as a son of Ayamasa community also in Tarakiri clan of the Ekeremor local government area, he is very conversant with the existing peace accord in the rotational principle which he also helped to canvass while the former governor was openly declaring that he will only complete the unexpired term of senator Lawrence Ehwrujakpor.
“It will be the hallmark of honour and integrity as the leader of the state and ensure that no matter whose ox is gored, he remains firm and uphold the truth of this very unfortunate development as being orchestrated by no less a person than Dickson. One who should stand tall on the altar of honour but has chosen to fall to the tempting beauties of political office.
“We want to remind Gov. Douye Diri that in taking this route, Dickson should be reminded that no one can play God. He should be reminded again that God used him to salvage the people when Heineken attempted to tow this path of dishonour. In the same way, a Daniel will rise that will ensure that the agreement reached with Dickson will be perfected.
“But what is more intimidating and of great concern is that the Governor needs to know that his handling of this present situation will surely determine his acceptance and his chances of re-election.
“Ekeremor and Sagbama people have set a trap for him and if he fails, he will have the entire Sagbama and Ekeremor people move against him. His actions in standing by the truth and upholding the people’s position will further raise his acceptance as a true and fearless leader and this will give him a second tenure going by his present record”, he said.