Bayelsa West Senate Bye-Election: Dokubo, other Ijaw leaders throw weight behind Dickson

Posted by News Express | 2 May 2020 | 1,729 times

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•Senatorial hopeful, Hon. Seriake Dickson

A galaxy of Ijaw leaders have adopted the immediate past governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Henry Dickson (HSD), as their sole candidate for the forthcoming Bayelsa West Senatorial District bye-election.

They include Chief Frank Omare; Felix Tuodolo, PhD (Pioneer President, IYC); Alhaji Asari Dokubo (Fmr. President, IYC); Mr. Oyinfie Jonjon (Fmr. President, IYC); Engr. Udengs Eradiri (Fmr. President, IYC); Barr. Owoupele Jeremiah (Fmr. Spokesman, IYC); Adokeme Godwin (Fmr. Chairman, IYC - Central Zone); Bobolayefa Owoupele (Fmr. Chairman, IYC - Central Zone); Chief Williams Mkpa (Fmr. Auditor, INC); Chief Ben Donyegha; Chief Pamotei Wasuote; and Mr. Alfred Kemepado (Fmr. Secretary General, IYC).

The Ijaw leaders declared their stand at the end of a one-day critical session of Patriots of Ijaw Struggle held on April 27 in Yenagoa, capital city of Bayelsa State.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the session, they unanimously called on the Ijaw Nation to throw its full weight behind the candidature and adoption of Ex-Governor Dickson as the most qualified Ijaw son at the moment to represent Bayelsa West at the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly.

The session, among others, also resolved to send a high-powered delegation to Hon. Dickson, to compel him to once more make himself available for selfless service to the Ijaw Nation.

Below is the 15-point communiqué signed by the above-mentioned Ijaw leaders:

PREAMBLE:

Following the 14th of February, 2020 victory of the duo of Senator Douye Diri and Lawrence

Erudjakpor of the Peoples Democratic Party as Governor and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State respectively, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared the two senatorial seats vacant necessitating the electoral commission to begin preparations for a bye-election to fill the above-stated vacant seats.

  1. We have in this regard x-rayed the several aspirants who have indicated their interests to represent the Bayelsa West Senatorial District and have taken the pains to evaluate each and everyone of these aspirants, their backgrounds, educational qualifications and political persuasions as well as their beliefs in our undying Ijaw Struggle. However, given the present unstable and unpredictable nature of our National politics viz a viz the growing national discourse on the shape of Nigeria's democracy given the many unpalatable developments of security concerns, environmental challenges and the issues of fiscal federalism and devolution of power.
  2. It is in the light of the above-mentioned realities that this political cum social group as a major stakeholder in the larger Ijaw cause consider it an imperative to take these steps to guide and ensure that our corporate interest as Ijaw Nation and a people be given its proper place in adequate representation.
  3. That it is also in the interests of our people to find a character whose personality equates such national assignment to drive and place our issues above board and have the capacity to build bridges across the various political blocks and find voices of similar persuasion to protect and project our larger aspirations as a people in the Nigerian project.
  4. That such a character must be a man of such legislative experience to hit the ground running and use his influence and contacts to give us such universal and impeccable representation that sees the entire Ijaw Nation as his constituency.
  5. That such a man must be one whose knowledge of our corporate issues must be deep and has the political will and sagacity to muster appeal from fellow colleagues in driving our cardinal objectives on the floor of the Nigeria Senate.
  6. That further to the above, such a character must have equally participated in our cultural organizations given the role of our flagships; the Ijaw National Congress (INC) and the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) in giving impetus to our collective drive for the emancipation of our people from the clutches of deprivation and marginalisation.
  7. That in view of the above-mentioned realities, it is hereby resolved that all patriotic sons and daughters of Ijaw Nation should persuade and support His Excellency, Hon. H.S Dickson who has been a pillar of support to all Ijaw people irrespective of our artificial boundaries.
  8. And that this decision is unbiased and springs from the above expectations and his overwhelming performance as a former member of the House of Representatives for five years and a Governor who served our people for eight years which has given him the much-needed requisite experience.
  9. That as a member representing the good people of Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency, His Excellency, Hon H.S Dickson, was a voice that was heard conspicuously on matters affecting our people. His deep legal and political knowledge was brought to bear and saw him cause major positive changes to his Federal constituency.
  10. That as Governor of Bayelsa State, he ran a government which saw inclusion of our brothers from Ondo, Delta, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states in governance without any segregation. That this exemplary leadership demonstrates his passion and core leadership values that shows he is and still a Patriot to our noble cause as a people.
  11. That it is on record that as a Governor he became the leading voice in the call for restructuring of the Nigeria State, true federalism and the devolution of power to the component units for a greater people-oriented governance. This role made respected senior citizens of our country rally around him as a leader of trust for this national progressive cause.
  12. That as Governor, his legacies in health sector reforms, education, environment, justice, road, infrastructure and youth empowerment is unprecedented till date.
  13. That given the above, it is our considered submission that the people of Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency should see his election beyond party lines and a further call to duty and one which is seen as an Ijaw project critical to our collective goal as a people.
  14. That we further call on all sons and daughters of Ekeremor Local Government Area to respect our historical understanding of rotation in the Senatorial District and allow their Sagbama kith and kin to produce the Senator to complete the remaining term of His Excellency, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor to further cement this political decision for unity, cohesion and progressive politics.
  15. We therefore call on His Excellency, Hon. HSD to contest the senatorial election while appealing to all Ijaw Patriots to stand with His Excellency, Hon. Seriake Dickson and elect him to the Senate to continue to fly the Ijaw Flag.


Source: News Express

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