By Perez Brisibe
PATANI—Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State and former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, weekend, reaffirmed their commitment to a referendum in the country, with the interest of the people of the South-South region an vital part of the discourse.
Ibori and Dickson, who spoke at Patani, Delta State, during the conferment of chieftaincy titles by the Pere of Kabowei Kingdom, HRM Erebelu Shedrack, Aduwo III, on subjects within and outside the kingdom, noted that the interest of the region was paramount to them.
According to Ibori, “as you all know, I am almost a retired politician now. But I haven’t retired from regional politics and politics of the state; I am very interested and will continue to watch what goes on in this region.
“I want to align myself with Dickson on referendum. He has said any referendum will be based on the interest of the people.
“For me, that is where we were, that’s where we are and that is where we will be in the future.
“I want to encourage all of you, who have platforms, to speak on our behalf now as there is nothing in the night that is fearful.”
While applauding the efforts of Chief Ibori in the region, Governor Dickson said: “Governors from our region are bold and hold Chief Ibori in high esteem. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is doing very well and we will continue to speak with one voice in the region.”