Bayelsa 2015 Guber Election: Group Drums For Lokpobiri’s Ambition

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From Amos Odeh, Yenagoa

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson
Ahead of the forthcoming Governorship election in Bayelsa state, a group known as Bayelsa Progressive Movement (BPM) has called on Senator Heineken Lokpobiri to run on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the governorship election scheduled to hold on December 5, 2015.
Lokpobiri, a two time Senator and a former Speaker of the Bayelsa state House of Assembly, was among the over 1,000 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members who decamped to the APC in a colourful rally last Saturday in Bayelsa.
In a statement issued yesterday and made available to news men in Yenagoa by the President of the group, Comrade Timothy Owei, they said the call became necessary, having assessed the distinguished senator who has impacted heavily on youths development in his senatorial district and in Bayelsa as a whole.
The group also said the call is as a result of their firm conviction that Heineken Lokpobiri has the requisite character, wisdom, competence and exposure to pilot the affairs of the state, urging all well-meaning individual and groups to provide every necessary incentives and motivation to achieve the vision.
“Having looked at the players for the December 2015 elections in the state, our group believes that only a tested and experienced politician with a track record of service, talent, skill, integrity and courage can rescue the people from the current dangerous drift, knowing fully well the resolve by the people to reject failed politicians”.
According to the group, “we have reviewed the state of governance in Bayelsa state and concluded that beyond the lopsided and late payment of salaries and wages in the state and the periodic uncoordinated award of contracts in the state, the government of PDP and Seriake Dickson has not fulfilled the mandate given to him in 2012 to govern Bayelsa state.
“We regret that till date, the provision of very essential social amenities and services in the state is still a mirage, while Yenagoa, the state capital remains an urban slum, a situation caused by the lack of a comprehensive development blueprint. The main purpose of government is to serve the people through the instrumentality of law, but the current regime in the state has failed woefully on all counts and the evidence is clear.”

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