Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State, has boasted that he can singe-handedly lead the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to victory in the state’s governorship election scheduled for November 16.
Governor Dickson said this on Monday when he paid a solidarity visit to Raymond Dokpesi, Founder of DAAR Communications, over the recent suspension of its broadcasting licence by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
Noting that the PDP is the “most prepared party” for the election in the state, the governor asked all the aspirants to disregard rumours making the rounds that he has plans to impose a single individual as the party’s gubernatorial candidate.
He gave his assurance that the party’s primaries would not be manipulated, adding that the best candidate for the job would emerge in a free and fair process.
Governor Dickson said: “I can lead the PDP to battle alone; I have done it repeatedly. There will be no form of manipulation.
“The people talking about manipulation are anticipating that they should be imposed. I’m not going to impose any of them. Any of them who feel they have experience and capacity should go and make their case to the people of Bayelsa State.”
Governor Dickson stated that he desires a new governor who would consolidate on his achievements for the state during his two-term tenure.
He expressed confidence that the new governor would emerge from the PDP and such person, he assured, would gain his support.
He said: “I hope that the right person with competence and capacity emerges (as governor) to build on the foundation which we have laid over the last seven years. I have no doubt that the right person will emerge with my support.”
“The PDP is the most prepared party. I have in the last years built a solid, formidable and an all-inclusive party such that even those who left found it as the most attractive platform to return to.
“The party leaders will play their roles, and the delegates ultimately will decide who the candidate shall be.”