APC May Win, As Jonathan, Wike, Shun PDP Mega Rally In Bayelsa State, Ahead Of The Governorship Poll

By Post-Nigeria: November 6, 2019 19:48

APC May Win, As Jonathan, Wike, Shun PDP Mega Rally In Bayelsa State, Ahead Of The Governorship Poll

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, was conspicuously absent on Wednesday, at the grand finale of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governorship campaign, in Bayelsa State.
The absence of Jonathan, who failed to send either a written message or a representative, at the rally attended by some PDP Governors, further lent credence to the breakdown in relationship between himself and the State Governor, Seriake Dickson.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, whose State shares border with Bayelsa State, was also missing in action at the mega rally that was held at the Ox-Bow Lake Pavilion, Yenagoa, the State capital.
However, the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, led other national Executive members of the party to the occasion, which was attended by a mammoth crowd of party faithfuls.

The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal; Bala Mohammed, Bauchi State Governor, who is the Chairman of the PDP Campaign Council; Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihediogha; and Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa; however, graced the occasion.
Also present were some of the PDP National Assembly members, various youths and women groups, who turned the event to a carnival.
Secondus, who presented the flag of the PDP to the party’s Governorship Candidate, Senator Douye Diri, described Bayelsa as a PDP State, and warned Security Agencies against compromising the election.
He said that the PDP is on ground in the State, alleging that there is no Federal presence of the APC in Bayelsa State
He stated that the APC took the control of the Federal Government from former President, Goodluck Jonathan, a son of Bayelsa, and appealed to voters to shun the APC.
Secondus, who derided the APC Candidate, Chief David Lyon, said that there is a huge difference in the qualification between him and the Candidate of the PDP.

He stated that while Diri was tested, trusted, and educated to govern Bayelsa, Lyon lacks the academic qualifications to represent Bayelsa as a Governor.
His words: “There is a great difference between our Candidate and their Candidate. Lyon cannot represent himself. It is not enough to say I want to be a Governor. It is not a village affair. We do not want people who will go there and will not represent Bayelsa.
“If they wished Bayelsa good, will they bring that kind of Candidate? Douye Diri has been tested and has performed. He will not hire Professors. He is a Professor himself. With Douye and his running mate, what else are you looking for? Do not be deceived.
“The Leader of APC wants a man he can control. Are there no Professors in APC. The APC and its Leaders must apologise for bringing such a Candidate. We call on Security Agencies, not to allow themselves to be used by the APC to rig this election. We know that the APC is not on ground, but they are planning to come with evil.”
Speaking after receiving the flag, Diri promised to consolidate on the achievements of Dickson, in education, infrastructure, and health.
He stated that his administration would surpass Dickson’s achievements, and create prosperity for everybody in the State.
In his reaction, Tambuwal disclosed that the crowd at the event was a clear testimony that Bayelsa belongs to the PDP, and urged the people to come out enmasse and vote for the PDP.
He said: “We are aware of their plans to rig the election, as they are not on ground. Please come out enmasse, vote and protect your votes, so that Diri would be elected Governor, and take over from Governor Henry Seriake Dickson.
“You have witnessed what Governor Dickson has done since 2012, so you must not allow those who would come to promote violence, to come back to government.”
Dickson on his part, said that the event was an opportunity for the people to thank the PDP for being their party.
He said: Today is another opportunity for us in Bayelsa State and Ijaw nation, to thank PDP for being our party. Thank you for being our umbrella, that has shielded us from all rain and sun.

“PDP has been the only party since independence and party politics, that has given us a face and a voice. That is why we in this State and in the Ijaw nation, would continue to say, PDP is the Ijaw’s people’s party.
“In 2015, when political calamity struck at the Federal level, the storms came, the political storms came. Decamping even in greater numbers came, but the people of this State, and those who mean well for this State, stood by me, and we won election in all the eight Local Government Areas.
“Why I have gone down memory lane, is to let you know that what is going on is normal. We weathered it. We defeated the so-called Federal might in 2015, Ward after Ward, Local Government after Local Government, and by the grace of God these people you see here and our teeming supporters in the State, are poised to repeat that on November 16. Those with us are much more than those against us.
“Nobody should believe the propaganda, the sponsored decamping and continued vilification of the Leadership that has done so much for our people. Nobody should believe because 15 political appointees out of over 3,000 appointees, that PDP would shake.
“We are too formidable. The ongoing campaigns have shown the underbelly of the lies of APC in their campaigns. Inwards afterwards, Local Government after Local Government, communities after communities, even in their own communities, the people have demonstrated again and again that they are with the PDP, and not with the APC.
“Let me tell the whole country and the whole world, that the APC has as at today, is not in any position to win any Unit in a free and fair election. The statistics are there for those who are ready to distort history, and spread propaganda to justify rigging. We have started operation deliver your Unit, your community and constituency.
“A message to the men in uniformed services, who would be told to come here to rig election, kill and maim our people again; know clearly that the people telling to come and rig, are not in a position to win any election. Our people are determined to vote for stability; our people are determined to vote for stability; our people are determined to vote for investment and development in all its ramifications.”