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Gov Dickson explains why he is seeking re-election

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Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson has said he is seeking re-election to consolidate on the gains of his res­toration government in the areas of peace, security, development and prosperity of Bay­elsans, adding that with him in the saddle in the last three and half years, “Bayelsa is now in safe hands.”

He stressed that he would campaign on the strength of his track record, and pointed out that his achievements in office have entrenched his bond with the ordinary people as well as the critical stakeholders of the state.

Aside the support of the masses, Governor Dickson said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the state is a war horse with a formidable structure, cutting across all the nooks and crannies of the state which makes it the party to beat in the December 5 governorship polls.

“You can only win elec­tion if you are in charge of the grass roots. The PDP produced all members of the National Assembly, 22 out of the 24 members of the state House of Assembly, 105 out of 105 councilors, the entire eight Council chairmen and several government appoin­tees who cut across all units, wards and local governments of the state. Will these people fold their hands and watch the opposition write results? Certainly no,’’ Dickson re­torted.

The governor said his re-election bid is supported by the grand masters of Bay­elsa politics who make things happen. He boasted that no aspirant has his groundswell of support, adding that, “the few elders paraded by his opponents are elders whose opinions are not respected by our people.”

The Governor was speak­ing on Friday at the national secretariat of the PDP in Abuja after submitting his governorship nomination/ expression of intent form to the National Organizing Secretary of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha.

Dickson was accompanied to Wadata House by the Di­rector General of the Restora­tion Campaign Organisation, Hon Fred Agbedi and many of the grand masters of Bay­elsa politics. Chief amongst them were the first executive governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamie­siegha, all current members of both Bayelsa State House of Assembly and National Assembly, former Deputy Governor of the state, Chief Peremobowei Ebebi, former speaker of the State House of Assembly, Boyelayefa Debekeme, seasoned former Permanent Secretary, HRH Jonny Turner, veteran politi­cian and former Vice chair­man of defunct National Party of Nigeria, Chief T.A Okorotie and former chair­men of Bayelsa State chapter of PDP, Chief Charles Dorgu and Deacon James Dugo.

Others are PDP chieftain, Chief George Fente, political strategist, Chief Bekis Etifa, former senator representing Bayelsa East, Chief Barigha Amange, youth group led by the REYNET DG, Mr. Alfred Kemepado, select former commissioners and House members, women groups, some friends of Bayelsa and a host of others.

Dickson who was Chair­man of the Justice Commit­tee in the House of Repre­sentatives averred that the PDP is the party to beat on December 5, and called on Nigerians to discard the ‘‘ranting’’ of those who de­fected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) with a wave of the hand.

He described the APC in Bayelsa as a congress of pro­pagandists and perennial gov­ernorship aspirants who have never won election, and do not have the structure and good­will to win on December 5.

His words: “Without sounding immodest, there are no candidates in APC to pose any threat to my re-election. The APC in Bayelsa has no members; all of them are governorship aspirants who want power to put the state in reverse gear. The PDP members who have defected to APC are traitors and crass opportunists who had bene­fitted so much from PDP and jumped to APC after its victo­ry to take advantage of PDP’s sudden loss of power at the centre. If APC loses tomor­row, they will return to PDP! They have all had opportu­nities in the past to develop Bayelsa and the Niger Delta, and they all failed. They are not on ground. Electoral victory is not conjured, it is delivered by the people and the party structure which we have, the APC doesn’t have and that is why they plan to take over Bayelsa by force, by getting INEC and police to write result.

“But I am confident that federal might will fail them because it has never worked in Bayelsa. The APC does not stand a chance in Bayelsa because the people trust me and they believe in my capac­ity to deliver as I have done in the last three and half years. The restoration government that I head has verifiable achievements on ground to speak for my re-election.’’

The governor who will formally announce his re-election bid in Yenagoa on Tuesday expressed optimism that, with the assurances of his party’s National Working Committee, the PDP gover­norship primary will be free and fair, just as he expressed his readiness to subject him­self to the process in line with the laws of the land.

 

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2023: INEC redeploys RECs, others

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INEC insists APGA won’t participate in Anambra guber poll

As part of the preparations for the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved the redeployment of some of its Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and posting of staff.

The redeployment was announced in a statement issued by Festus Okoye Esq, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman for Information and Voter Education, on Tuesday, in Abuja.

Mr. Okoye said the redeployment and posting, affecting 385 staff nationwide, was a routine exercise which will continue from time to time.

Those affected in the redeployment include two RECs and eight Directorate level staff, amongst others.

“In line with the extant policy, the commission hereby redeploys two Residents Electoral Commissioners (RECs) eight Directorate level staff, ” he said.

According to Mr Okoye, Dr Cyril Omorogbe, REC, Cross River state, had been redeployed to REC, Akwa Ibom State, while Dr Alalibo Johnson Sinikiem, REC, Edo state had been moved to Cross River state.

He said that Engineer Paul Omokore, Director, Planning and Monitoring Department, Headquarters, Abuja, had been redeployed as Director, ICT, Headquarters, Abuja; Engineer Chidi Nwafor, Director, ICT to Administrative Secretary, Enugu State ;Mr Chima Duruaku, Administrative Secretary, Anambra state to Director, Planning and Monitoring Department, Headquarters, Abuja; and Mr jude Okwuanu, Administrative Secretary, Enugu State to Administrative Secretary, Anambra State.

Others include, Usman Musa Wase, Acting Director, Human Resource Management, Headquarters, Abuja, who had been redeployed as the Acting Administrative Secretary, Nasarawa State; Mr Salisu Garba, Director in the Electoral Operations Department to Director, Procurement, Headquarters, Abuja; Barr. Waziri Zanna, Acting Administrative Secretary, FCT to Acting Director, Human Resource Management, Headquarters, Abuja; while Godwin Wada Edibo, Acting Administrative Secretary, Nasarawa State had been redeployed as the Acting Administrative Secretary, FCT.

He further noted that the redeployment/postings take immediate effect, while handing and taking over should be concluded on/or before Friday 26th August, 2022.

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JANDOR meets PDP state, senatorial, and LGA women leaders, unites state woman leader and Lagos4Lagos state woman leader

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The Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Dr. Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran (JANDOR) on Monday played host to the party woman leaders in the state, the three senatorial districts, and the 20 local Government areas who visited to share their campaign and mobilization plans for the 2023 gubernatorial election.

The party women leadership delegation was led by the State Woman Leader, Hon. Mrs. Idowu Akinsanya. She expressed the resolution of all women in the party to eschew all divisive tendencies and unite towards the actualization of electoral victory for the party.

She noted that Lagos PDP women are willing to be sacrificial in this dispensation and that every party faithful should also follow suit by not expecting pecuniary motivation as a condition for supporting the JAFUN Eko project.
JANDOR in his address appreciated the women leaders for the stabilizing role they have been playing in the party over the years. He commended them for their resolve to work for the party without expecting immediate compensation.
He however appealed to the women leaders to ensure total reconciliation of all warring groups across the local government, wards, and down to the polling units.

JANDOR used the occasion to unite the PDP State Woman Leader, Hon. Mrs. Idowu Akinsanya and the State Woman Leader for the Lagos4Lagos Movement, Pst Mrs. Odunsi. He mandated the two apex leaders to ensure that other women under them are also truly and properly integrated.

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Opposition engaging in propaganda to discredit APC – Adamu

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdulahi Adamu, has lamented that the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is engaging in propaganda to discredit the ruling party ahead of the 2023 elections.

Adamu stated this Tuesday when a group of APC Professionals led by former Governor of Bauchi state, Isa Yuguda, visited him at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.

Adamu decried that most of the programmes of the APC-led administration were not getting to the grassroots because leadership at that level was driven by those who are not educated.

His words: “One thing which I want to make some reference to is the fact of the position of your forum itself. If you listen to our political activities, one thing you may wish to take a serious look at and see how best you can be of some assistance to our effort is the activity of the party at the grassroots where it mattered most.

“Leadership at this level is being driven by those who are not educated, they are very vulnerable, very, extremely vulnerable.

“So, we need to imbibe the culture of an enlightened leadership driven by knowledge. We don’t all have to be graduates or diploma holders, but an enlightened mind is open and it is a bit narrow for now. This is missing in our effort to get people to appreciate who we are as a party, what we are doing as a party, how we can be appreciated as a party

“We are having the misfortune of the effort of this government not getting to the grassroots – positive publicity of what this government is doing. All that those who care to talk want to say is about the negative aspect of government

“We know that all over the world,the opposition is seen as the underdog and so there is apparent sympathy for them. I have no quarrel with this. Go and sympathize with them but call a spade a spade. Don’t give a dog a bad name in order to hang it.

“This is what we are experiencing. This is what we are experiencing. All the good things that have happened thus far in this administration have not received the kind of publicity it deserves.”

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