Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson has called on his political opponents in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to use their contacts to bring federal appointments and projects to the state, rather than embark on divisive tendencies and polarise the people of the state.
He also criticized non appointment of Bayelsans at the federal level, in line with the federal character principle.
According to him, Bayelsa State deserves adequate representation, considering the fact that it contributes immensely to the national economy.
The Governor, according to a statement issued on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, made the observation during the state’s Monthly Praise Night at the Palace of Melchizedek, in Toru Orua, his hometown in Sagbama LGA of the state.
Dickson, who noted that, the time has come for all Bayelsans to key into the restoration agenda, also extended a hand of fellowship to members of the main opposition party to close ranks with his administration in actualizing the vision of the restoration agenda.
The governor said his political opponents still remain brothers and sisters, stressing that, the state requires the collective efforts of all stakeholders, irrespective of party affiliations to enable it make progress.
While, restating that, the task of developing the state is a collective responsibility, he said that, Bayelsa has had enough distractions and divisions, particularly when the country is grappling with daunting economic challenges.
Acknowledging the fact that, power comes neither from the east nor west, but from God, the Governor noted that, he has been able to overcome his tribulations by the grace of God, as evident in the recent verdict at the Governorship election petition tribunal.
He also thanked his supporters and enjoined them to pray relentlessly for the state government and the country as a whole, assuring that, Bayelsa is on course.
Earlier in a brief sermon titled, “When God Shows Up In Your Life,” Reverend Godspower Asingba, emphasized that, the essence of the Monthly Praise Night was to appreciate God for His blessings and mercies upon the state.
The cleric urged the people of the state to re-dedicate themselves to the service of God and mankind as well as imbibe the values that would get them closer to God.
The congregation read the state memory verse for the year 2016, which was taken from Psalms 35; verse 4 and 6.