Ex-commissioner defends Dickson’s second term bid

A FORMER Commissioner for Special Duties (Federal Projects) in the administration of Chief Timipre Sylva in Bayelsa State, Mike Ogiasa, has clarified why the return bid of the incumbent Governor Seriake Dickson was being supported by leaders in the state amid some ‘noticeable lapses.’

Ogiasa, a kinsman of erstwhile President Goodluck Jonathan, said yesterday that the choice was better to the plot by the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to wrestle power in the state.

The son of the paramount ruler of Jonathan’s Otuoke community admitted that though some shortcomings had been noticed in the three and half years administration of the incumbent, “he is preferred by the political leaders of the state based on the plot by the APC to change the political identity of the state and the region.”

Ogiasa told The Guardian that though the people of may have complained of limited ‘stomach infrastructural policy’ under Dickson, it was unthinkable to hand over the state to the opposition

“Its is very, very difficult to satisfy everybody, especially in the face of lean resources. I, as person, never supported Dickson’s candidature. But I am saying that the politics of every Bayelsan should go beyond their personal interest. Right now, the APC should not win Bayelsa State,” he stated.

Meanwhile, a cleric, Mrs. Tonye Apraela, has indicated interest to vie for the governorship election billed for December 5 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Apraela, who picked her nomination and declaration of interest forms Wednesday at the party secretariat in Abuja, said she would surely bring to an end the impoverishment of the downtrodden in the state if voted into office.

The only female among the 13 aspirants remarked that President Muhammadu Buhari’s virtues motivated her joining the party.

She maintained that she had all it takes to harness the abundant resources needed to tackle the multi-faceted problems bedevilling the state.

Alleging that the ruling elite in the state were only keen on lining their pockets with public funds to the detriment of the downtrodden, she recalled that she was the first person to stand against Dickson’s style of governance.

“There is a man in this woman to prove to Bayelsans that the time for its development has come. Everybody is saying if you are the governor, we would have peace in this land. The burden of biting poverty and deprivation in my state made me to rise up for the mercy of the poor,” she stressed.

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