Kenechukwu Obiajuru, Yenagoa |
The Bayelsa State Governor has called on ex-freedom fighters in the Niger Delta and the Ijaw Nation to be united in their support for the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan. Addressing the ex-freedom fighters and their leaders recently at a meeting in Government House, Yenagoa the state capital, the Governor noted that, the time has come for all stakeholders and interest groups in the Niger Delta, especially, the Ijaw Nation to pull their resources together and work in one accord to ensure victory for the President in the February 14th,2015 general elections.
He described the re-election of President Jonathan as key to the developmental aspirations of the Nation and the Niger Delta, stressing that, victory at the forthcoming polls will afford him the opportunity to consolidate on the achievements already recorded in the various sectors of the economy. Governor Dickson condemned in strong terms, the unwarranted attack on the President’s convoy in two Northern States, pointing out that, the opposition presidential candidate was allowed to campaign peacefully in Bayelsa and wondered why same gesture was not extended to the President in Katsina, the home State of the Presidential candidate of the main opposition party.“On the attack on the President’s campaign convoy, you are witnesses to how the opposition presidential candidate campaigned here and left peacefully without any form of molestation” He renewed his call on the youths not to allow themselves to be deceived by vain promises and gifts from mischief makers, noting that, such gifts and situations were not in the collective interest of the State and should be rejected. As youths and freedom fighters, I urge you to woo your neighbours beyond the Niger Delta region to ensure the re-election of the President” In their separate remarks, the Special Adviser to the President and Chairman of the Presidential amnesty programme, Hon. Kingsley Kuku, Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo, Chief Government Ekpemopulo (a.k.a Tompolo), Ebikabowei Victor Ben (a.k.a. Boy loaf) and Ijaw Youth Council President, Udengs Eradiri, all pledged to work together with other youth groups and stakeholders to ensure victory for President Goodluck Jonathan in the forthcoming presidential polls. The various speakers were also unanimous in appealing to the various youth groups to forge a common front as well be united henceforth in their efforts at improving the lots of the people of the Niger Delta region. The meeting was also attended by ex-freedom fighters and youth groups from other ethnic nationalities in the Niger Delta like Urhobo, Itsekiri, Ikwerre and Ogoni.