Thousands of supporters turned out in Yenagoa last Monday as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) inaugurated its campaign for the November 16 governorship election .
The National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, was represented at the event by the Vice Chairman (South), Emmanuel Ogidi. which attracted thousands of party faithful across the eight local governments, The party also received defectors from the All Progressives Congress (APC), led by a former APC stalwart from Sagabama Local Government, Miebi Bribina.
Addressing the crowd, Governor Seriake Dickson said only PDP had the political structure to win any election in Bayelsa State, adding that the party controlled the grassroots with its eight local government chairmen and 105 ward councillors.
The governor listed his achievements in education, health, road infrastructure, political stability, among others and noted that the development was brought to the state by the PDP.
He said through the party, many youths have been given appointments, adding that his administration will engage more youths in governance.
Dickson told the crowd that one of his big-ticket projects, the Bayelsa International Cargo Aiport, would take off within the month, “no matter the antics.”
He described the PDP candidate, Senator Douye Diri, and his running mate, Senator Lawrence Ewrujakpor, as a ticket of stability, predicting that Diri would succeed him by God’s grace.
He said: “We are presenting a ticket of stability, a ticket of development. The indigenes don’t want a ticket that will turn this state to a gathering of hooligans and criminals where people will be running away as they did before. This is why we are presenting this ticket and by the grace of God, your next governor in 2020 will be Senator Douye Diri.
“There is no government that can claim to solve all problems of a state or of a country. There are many things we have done. There are a lot of things that are ongoing and so many things we plan to do. All of these, Douye Diri and his new government from February will continue and complete.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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