Foremost socio-political organisation, Ijaw Peoples Assembly, has called on the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to dissipate energy and resources on the December 5 governorship election in Bayelsa State because the incumbent governor, Seriake Dickson, will win the election.
A statement issued on Sunday by the spokesperson of IPP, Tom Kombowei Daniels, said that with the backing of prominent Ijaw leaders and key stakeholders who have unanimously endorsed the governor for a second term, the chances of the opposition were minimal.
Daniels stated that as a deliberate action to mobilise the generality of the people to rally round Dickson’s reelection, a meeting of notable Ijaw leaders and key stakeholders will soon be convened in Yenagoa where they will unanimously endorse the candidacy of the governor for the December 5 election.
Daniels further stated that the choice of Dickson was to let the world know that the Ijaw people were too discerning to recognise and reward good leadership, stressing that the governor’s stewardship had provided a sound vision for major development of the state.
”The issue is not about the jostlingfor power as we see in the APC but a realistic vision and able leadership that can lead us to realise our development objectives as a people. We have seen that demonsrated by Governor Dickson in the last three years and it is only proper to allow him complete the good projects he started and even do more,” he noted.
While urging other contestants in the other parties to step down for the incumbent, Daniels stated that he would lead a high-powered delegationof Ijaw activists to grace Dickson’s declaration said to have been scheduled for August 28.
According to him, ”This is the least we can do to be on the right side of history, our legacy is too important”.