The party leaders, including PDP acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and former chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, who spoke during the PDP stakeholders meeting and dinner in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, stressed that realities on ground show clearly that the present administration Was doing well in the state.
Others who delivered goodwill messages at the event include Secretary, PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin; Vice Chairman of the party, South South, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh and Wing Commander Peter Biakpara.
Senator Foster Ogola, Hon. Douye Diri, Air Vice Marshal Larry Koinyan (Retd) and King Amalate Turner, the Paramount Ruler of Opume in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state also endorsed Dickson.
The meeting was also Attended by PDP chieftains including Senator Stella Omu, Director-General, PDP Governors Forum, Osaro Onaiwu; House of Representatives member from Taraba, Hon. Rima Shawalu, his Plateau state counterpart, Hon. Maren Solomon and the Secretary of PDP South South Zone among others.
Addressing the party faithfuls, Jonathan said that contrary to media speculations, the PDP, has been in control of the state since inception in 1999, and still has what it takes to win the governorship convincingly in the forthcoming election.
He said though some members of the party defected to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, the PDP family would not lose sleep over the development as it remains united and strong in its resolve to clinch victory in the December 5th polls.
Jonathan, who is expected to be present at the rally where Governor Dickson is expected to publicly declare his intention to seek re-election on Tuesday, however, advised the defectors to retrace their steps back to the PDP.
He said, “We are here because what is happening in Bayelsa State now is similar to what happened in the state in 2003 when my boss then, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha Was to contest His second tenure. A number of people went to Abuja and threw up all kinds of stories.
“People may go to Abuja and say all kinds of things, but the PDP in Bayelsa is very strong. We are committed and we will win our election. Few people might have left, but the party is still strong and united. We will continue to talk to our brothers and sisters because politics is all about consensus building. It is not a one-man business.”
Prince Secondus urged members of the party not to entertain fears that the elections would be rigged, stressing that the National Working Committee and other organs of the party would put all necessary machinery in place to ensure a free and fair electoral process.
He assured aspirants who are jostling for the party’s ticket of the national PDP leadership’s resolve to conduct a credible and zero expenses primaries in the state and thereafter supporting the successful candidate to run an effective electioneering campaign in all the nooks and crannies of the state.
Quoting the holy Bible, the PDP chairman urged Bayelsans not to repay the party that provided the platform for their son and brother as the first minority to emerge president in the political history of the country with evil by voting for any of the opposition parties in the forthcoming governorship election.
Secondus said, “We have what it takes to mount enough pressure on the Federal Government in such a way that INEC can not rig you out. Not even the Police can do that because the Police and army belong to the Federal Government and not the APC. So they can not be used to rig you out.”