By Grace Udofia
Abuja—As the people of Bayelsa State prepare for the December 5 governorship election, Senator Foster Ogola, has assured that the incumbent Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governor, Seriaki Dickson, will be returned with ease, saying there were no serious contenders from the opposition.
According to him, Dickson’s re-election has been made easier by the emergence of those he called expired politicians as the governor’s contenders from the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja yesterday, Ogola, who represents Bayelsa West in the National Assembly, urged the people of the state not to be swayed by the antics of the governor’s opponents, whom he accused of misinforming the populace in order to win the hearts of the electorate.
According to him, neither former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Timi Alaibe, nor former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, contesting the governorship position on the platform of APC, constituted a threat to Dickson.
He said: “The PDP cannot be scared of Timi Alaibe’s entrance into the governorship race, neither is the party scared of Sylva. President Muhammadu Buhari was elected because of his anti-corruption stance right from when he was Head of State.
“Bayelsans are determined to return Seriake Dickson. But some persons are trying to misinform the public. They are claiming that Governor Dickson has not commissioned any project since he assumed office. My senatorial district was not on the national grid until Dickson connected us.
“Governor Dickson runs an all-inclusive government. He pays the aged in the state and has saved so much money for the people because of financial prudence. Dickson has brought transparency into governance.
“Now, local governments give account and that is because Dickson ensured it.”