Gov Douye Diri on Sunday said the Bayelsa chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is being repositioned to regain its dominance in upcoming elections.
He noted that the new spirit of unity and consensus building in the PDP has put the party in good stead to win future elections in the state.
The two Senate seats that became vacant by Diri and his Deputy’s inauguration, as the duo were in the Senate prior to the governorship poll, will be open for a bye-election soon.
He said the PDP, which wields presence and structures in the 105 wards of the state, would continue to dominate Bayelsa politics for a long time.
The PDP lost the Nov 16, 2019 governorship poll by a wide margin to the All Progressives Congress (APC) but a Supreme Court nullification of APC’s nomination on Feb 13 brought PDP’s Diri back to reckoning.
Diri spoke in his country home, Sampou,in reaction to Saturday’s PDP Ward Congress held across the state.
He commended the national leadership of the PDP led by Prince Uche Secondus for conducting peaceful ward congresses across the 105 wards of the state.
He congratulated those elected to pilot the affairs of their respective ward on their emergence, charging them to discharge their duty with diligence as they are now ambassadors and representatives of the governor at the ward and state level.
According to him, the election of ward executives was a consensus and affirmation by PDP members in the ward in recognition of the role they played before and during the November 16, 2019 governorship election.
The Bayelsa governor noted that report at his disposal indicated that the ward congresses in the 105 wards of the state was generally peaceful and commendable.
“I have been in touch with key leaders of our party across the state and the report before me is that the ward congresses of our dear party are generally peaceful. That is the new spirit of the party in the state”, Diri said.
The Governor said members of the PDP who defected to the APC in his ward, at Sampou-Kalama Ward 6 are set to return to the party and urged the ward leaders to accommodate them and wind up the opposition in the ward.
The governor also appreciated the Kolokuma/Opokuma PDP local government area Caucus Chairman, stakeholders, women and youths for their loyalty and commitment to the party.