[From CHRIS EZE, Yenagoa]
Bayelsa Governor, Douye Diri, has pleaded with Bayelsans to support his administration to succeed and deliver democracy dividends to the people.
The Governor who made the plea Sunday at a grand reception in his honour in Sampou Community in Kolokuma Local Government Area of the state expressed gratitude to people of his Sampou community for the honour done him.
Recalling his tortuous path to power, Governor Diri ascribed his victory to God Almighty, saying He showed Himself in his case as the only one who gives power.
A press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as recalling with displeasure the electoral malpractices that characterized the 2019 governorship election in the
state and expressed support for electronic voting for the country.
The Governor noted that although electronic voting might not solve all of the nation’s electoral problems, it would significantly reduce the challenges.
He also singled out his predecessor, Senator Seriake Dickson, for praise, saying he stood his grounds against all odds to ensure he emerged governor.
He assured the people of development in all sectors to compensate for their support for him.
His words: “Part of what would solve the problem of this country is electronic voting. I recommend e-voting, e-register and electronic elections in Nigeria. It might not solve all our electoral problems but it would go far in resolving most of our electoral conflicts.
“My leaders, my elders, my brothers and sisters, I appreciate you for the love and honour you have showed me. The colourful reception you have organized in my honour, I say thank you. I bring a message of love and hope.
“Yes, our takeoff as a government was very turbulent. But we have flown above the turbulent weather. Now we are stabilizing and the testimony is all across the state. I only ask for your support.”
Also speaking, the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, appreciated the people of Sampou for the reception in honour of their son, whom he described as a divine blessing to Bayelsa State.
He also called for patience and support for the administration, assuring that its prosperity agenda is guaranteed.
In their goodwill messages, member representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency, Chief Fred Agbedi, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Abraham Ingobere, State Chairman of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP), Solomon Agwanana, traditional rulers among others called for support for the Diri administration.