TRACKING >At least six governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the party national chairman, Uche Secondus, and other party leaders on Wednesday stormed Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital and demanded a transparent governorship election in the state.
Secondus said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies to be deployed for the election should be professional enough and not be used to subvert the wish of the people of the state.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, stated that the PDP leaders spoke while addressing the gubernatorial mega rally of the party in Yenagoa.
Governors at the event were the host governor, Honourable Seriake Dickson, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Emeka Ihedioha, Imo; Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto Seyi Makinde, Oyo while the Governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, was represented by his deputy, Dr Kelechi Igwe and Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, who is also the chairman of the national campaign council.
The PDP chairman said the federal government should not allow a repeat of what happened in Rivers state during the last general election.
Secondus said: “The security agencies should not allow themselves to be used by APC to ruin this election, the country is suffering because of the damage done to our election. We don’t want a repetition of what happened in Rivers. All those in authority should ensure peace prevail.
“Stop damaging the country, people are in hunger, let’s start from Bayelsa to practice free and fair election, one man one vote,” he added.
The PDP national chairman took a swipe at the APC which he said had damaged the country and inflicted hardship on the people since it took over political control at the centre since 2015.
Governor of Bayelsa state, Honourable Seriake Dickson, said the PDP was the only platform that has given Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation a voice and brought a lot of fortunes to the people.
The governor, who noted that the restoration government had weathered what he described as political storms from 2015 to date, expressed confidence that the party would celebrate victory once again come November 16.
He, therefore, urged all eligible voters to turn out en masse and vote Diri/Lawrence ticket to ensure continuity of the good works started by his administration.
The PDP governorship candidate, Senator Douye Diri, said he would prioritise the completion of the three senatorial roads, Agge Deep Seaport and Brass National Liquefied Natural Gas project when elected into office, through partnership with multi-national oil companies operating in the state.
Senator Diri ascribed his emergence as PDP candidate to the grace of God, the efforts of Governor Dickson and the good people of against all odds.
The PDP national campaign council described Bayelsa as strategic to the economic wellbeing of the country.
Mohammed urged the people not to allow what he termed as forces of darkness to prevail in the coming election.