Yesterday eleven political parties in Bayelsa State, under the aegis of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) and the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), shut the gate against Governorship aspirants in the State. They constrained other contenders from running because of their prior selection of Governor Seriake Dickson as their top candidate for the December 5th general election.

Governor Seriake Dickson

According to the Leaders of the ADC, KOWA, PPA, AA, Accord Party, UPN, APA, HDP,YDP, Independent Democrat, ACPN and NNPP, the decision to shut out aspirants to run on other platforms and instead adopt the PDP Candidate, Governor Seriake Dickson, was based on his previous performance and the belief that with him the State was in safe hands.

The leaders of the seven political parties led by the CNPP Chairman, Comrade Luky Akpeli, the Treasurer of IPAC, and the State Chairman of New Nigerian Peoples Democratic Party (NNPP), Inko Namatebe, explained that the parties adopted Dickson above others because of his sterling leadership qualities.

Namatebe said that the governor had performed very well in his first tenure, adding it was necessary to allow him to continue in office for another term.

"One of the things that Governor Dickson has delivered on is security. He has put in place a framework for data gathering in an organised and empirical manner in crime", he said.

Namatebe listed other areas in which Dickson had made modest achievements. They included education, infrastructure, diversification of the State’s economy, tourism, health, and human capacity development.

Others achievements are promotion of good governance, judiciary, transport, agriculture, power, and sports development.

“If one person in a single administration is able to achieve these developmental strides, what else do Bayelsans want if not to return our Governor for second term?

"We urge all and sundry to support Governor Dickson for a second term in office because Bayelsa will remain in safe hands", Namatebe said.

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