- Gov gets support of Jonathan’s kinsmen
PHILIP EKE, YENAGOA
Kinsmen of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in Ogbia Kingdom, Ogbia Local Government area of Bayelsa State, have expressed their determination to work for the reelection of Governor Seriake Dickson of the Peoples Democratic Party, as a reward for his performance in his first term.
But in the All Progressives Congress’ circles, the mood is upbeat that the ex-governor will beat Dickson because of the perceived dissatisfaction of a section of the state with the governor’s administration.
THE JONATHAN FACTOR
The governor and his entourage were in Ogbia Kingdom to continue their community-to-community tour, where they were received by leaders and members of the various communities in the kingdom. The communities comprised Jonathan’s Otuoke, Ologi, Otuokpoti, Anyama, Okodi, Epebu, Otuasega, Kolo Town, Emeyal, Imiringi, Elebele, Opume, Oloibiri, Ogbia, Otakeme, Otuabagi and others.
The locals there trooped out en masse to receive the campaign train of the governor, whom they described as a true son of Ijawland. Business activities in the communities were shut down during the twoday tour.
In endorsing Dickson for re-election, they noted that in spite of the dwindling allocations from the federation account, the governor had 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’ salaries, welfare package for the senior citizens and his administration’s effective 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 in office,” Chief Graham Ipigansi, who spoke on behalf of the community, declared.
Addressing the crowd of supporters, who received him at Epebu, the governor urged them to stand firm by the PDP, a party he said had 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 the Anyama axis with a road to Yenagoa, the state capital, adding that he had 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 actualise his re-election bid, he would
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