Friday, January 16, 2015 12:09 pm
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has banned Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN and other groups lining up in the state to boost President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election campaign.
In a statement by Mr.Daniel Iwariso-Markson the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Dickson accused the various groups of sowing divisions within the PDP and promoting subversion.
Governor Dickson, spoke at a meeting with the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP torch bearers for next month’s general elections, at the party’s secretariat in Yenagoa.
Also in attendance were prominent personalities such as former Governor Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.
Dickson said the PDP is the only recognized political platform and structure saddled with the responsibility of leading the President’s campaign in the State and dismissed the activities of TAN, which he said had derailed from the set objective.
President Jonathan is scheduled to campaign in the state on 5 February.
The Governor enjoined all groups and individuals to queue behind him, as the leader of the party in the State, pointing out that, TAN and some members of its top hierarchy have become tools of subversion, creating needless rancor, acrimonies and divisions, stressing that, the Government and the PDP in the State will no longer tolerate their actions.
“The activities of TAN and the other groups, if not checked, could be counterproductive, especially with the Presidential and other elections, only a few weeks away”, adding that, he has the mandate of Bayelsans to protect the stability, peace and security of the State.”
The Governor, who announced the planned visit of Mr. President to the State, remarked that, he would use the opportunity of President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit on the 5th of next month, to express appreciation to Nigerians for their unwavering support and solidarity to the transformation government.
He also noted that, the state is set and the people were fully mobilized to accord the President a rousing reception for the mega rally that would be organized in honour of President Jonathan as the leader of the Peoples Democratic Party at the national level.
The Governor emphasized that, Bayelsa is a stronghold of the PDP and a strong support base for President Jonathan, whom he noted, does not need to campaign in his home state.
Predicting victory for the party at all levels in next month’s general elections, Governor Dickson dubbed the campaign for next month’s elections as ‘Operation deliver PDP all the way,’ and urged party leaders to work assiduously to win the elections.
His words: “The agenda of this government is operation deliver PDP all the way as all the candidates of the party are my candidates, and I urge everyone to work round the clock to win the February 2015 elections.
In his remarks, the state’s PDP Chairman, Col. Sam Inokoba said flags would be presented to all candidates of the party during the flag off of the party’s campaign tomorrow, in Yenagoa.