From Amos Odeh, Yenagoa
Ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial election on December 5, 2015, the erstwhile commissioner under Chief Timipre Sylva regime, Pastor (Engr.), Mike Ogiasa, said Bayelsans should be ready to face the most dreaded security challenge and economy hardship if they venture to elect the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva, into office in the state.
Ogiasa made the statement in Yenagoa while fielding questions from newsmen in Yenagoa. He commended the Seriacke-Dickson-led administration for tackling insecurity and payment of workers’ salary, which according to him was a major challenge confronting the state during the reign of Sylva as governor of the state.
He advised Bayelsans to vote wisely for someone who could efficiently manage and utilise the state resources in order to stabilize the state’s economy, adding that Bayelsans should tighten their belts for this critical time.
Ogiasa said Governor Dickson has better chances of winning the forthcoming elections in the state due to a number of reasons adding that the only way the opposition party could defeat PDP in the South-South is by presenting a popular candidate as their standard bearer just like in the West.
His words: “Dickson was my long-time friend before even when he became the governor of the state. Dickson asked for my support while I was serving as commissioner under Sylva administration but I refused because I was loyal to the government of the day.
“Let me tell you that Bayelsans will experience the worse security challenge if the opposition party to take over the mantle of leadership in the state. At that time workers will protest non-payment of salaries with different inscriptions.”
He added that Dickson was the best to become the standard bearer of the PDP through the party primary the best choice for all Bayelsans to be re-elected.
He commended the Dickson-led administration for the management of state resources.
Commenting on Dickson’s endorsement by former President Goodluck Jonathan, Ogiasa said “Jonathan is one man, he has his opinion and he was onetime governor of the state so he knows what governance is.”
Also, Ogiasa noted that Jonathan did well in repositioning the nation’s economy through agriculture, health, transportation among others, adding that he was not a Bayelsa President, but a Nigerian president who catered for all the people across the federation.
From Amos Odeh, Yenagoa