Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, has once again taken a swipe at the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), the political group led by the First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, as the war over the control of the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continues.
The governor who, at the weekend, mobilised Bayelsans from all the local government areas to rally support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid in the February 14 presidential elections, called on groups like TAN and others in the state, putting up campaign structures for the president, other than the PDP, to take their activities to states where the opposition is presently enjoying greater control.
While, urging TAN and other groups like it not to dissipate energy campaigning for president in the state, the governor, assured that, Bayelsa, being the home State of the President, will give the PDP bulk votes come February 14 and subsequent elections in the country.
Speaking during the inauguration of the 120-member Bayelsa State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Team flag off of campaigns at the Peace Park in Yenagoa, Governor Dickson explained that the 120 membership of the committee was constituted to effectively coordinate the activities of the election of President Jonathan.
He said members of the committee should consider it a rare privilege and an opportunity to serve on a committee that would coordinate the campaign activities of the president that is one of their own and enjoined them to work assiduously to justify the confidence reposed in them.
“It is my singular honour and privilege to appreciate members and leaders of our party, who willingly accepted to serve in this important and historic assignment. It is historic, because it is not every day, that you get to work on a committee that will coordinate the election of one of your own, Jonathan.
“It is important because our nation and our people are at a turning point and we need to get him re-elected to finish the job that he has started. And it is for that reason that we have composed the state presidential campaign team, that will be chaired by me.
“Let me appreciate our party for always standing by us. Our party is the only platform that is not founded on the frontlines of our nation. There are some other parties, that are founded on ethnic and religious calculations.
“Our party is an all-inclusive umbrella body, that has space for all Nigerians; the so-called majority and the so-called minority.
Describing Bayelsa State as the home base of the PDP, the governor emphasised the need for Bayelsans to work with unity of purpose and shun any form of divisive tendencies and violence capable of tarnishing the image of the state.”
Dickson, who said the state was looking forward to playing host to Nigerians on February 5 when President Jonathan is expected to visit for his presidential campaign, noted that, the occasion would be a homecoming to the president, as he is a son of the state.
While thanking Nigerians for their support for the President, in the midst of daunting challenges, he urged them to give Jonathan their mandate for a second term to enable him finish the good works he has started.