By Samuel Oyadongha
Ahead of the September 24 primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Bayelsa State, the party super delegates have endorsed Governor Seriake Dickson as the party’s sole candidate.
According to a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa Governor, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the endorsement was made at a meeting of the super delegates and dinner held at the Yenagoa residence of the Chairman of the Restoration Campaign Advisory Council and former Governor of the state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.
“The super delegates numbering over 250, include past and present leaders of the party, political office holders (elected and appointed), some members of the state Executive council and members of the state House of Assembly, PDP State working committee, and the leadership of the local government councils, based their support on Dickson’s impressive performance in office.
“The super delegates, each has 20 delegates under them going into the party’s governorship primaries, which is a clear proof of the overwhelming support and endorsement the governor has.
“Consequently, a formal motion of endorsement was moved by a one time State Secretary of the PDP, Captain Mark Opubiri (retd), and was seconded by the Vice Chairman of the Southern Ijaw Local Government, Hon. Mrs Lovina Gboluseri,” the statement noted.
Welcoming his guests, Chief Alamieyeseigha noted that, the successful emergence of the Governor as the sole candidate of the PDP, affords the party the opportunity to carry out effective campaigns in all parts of the state without any distraction.
Alamieyeseigha reiterated his call to Bayelsans to see the forthcoming governorship election as a battle to protect the integrity of the Ijaw nation and therefore urged PDP faithful not to leave any stone unturned as they embark on the issue-based campaign activities of the party.
In his response, Governor Dickson expressed appreciation to the leadership and delegates of the party for the honour done him and pledged submissiveness to the interest and ideals of the PDP at all times. He acknowledged that all the achievements of the restoration government would not have been possible, without the support and cooperation of the party and well meaning people of the state.
The Bayelsa State Governor, however, called on the members of the PDP to remain steadfast in their support and work to achieve a landslide victory in the December 5 election to further demonstrate the dominant position the party enjoys in the state.