Bayelsa Times

Ekeremor stakeholders pile pressure on Dickson to re-contest

Nationwide News
Azaka Ossai, Sagbama

Candidacy of the immediate past Governor of Bayelsa state, Sen. Henry Seriake Dickson, for the National Assembly seat has further united the people of the Bayelsa West Senatorial District.

Our Correspondent reports that the stakeholders from the Ekeremor axis of the Bayelsa West Senatorial District led by Chief Thompson Okorortie, resolved to throw their weight behind the candidacy of Senator Dickson because of his track records.

Sources, who spoke with Bayelsa Times on the condition of anonymity, said they were of the opinion that competence should not be sacrificed on the altar of mediocrity code named zoning.

The added  that, in the past two years the voice of the region vis-à-vis Bayelsa West were heard at the National Assembly through a well marshalled argument by Sen. Dickson.

“Even though we have had representatives in the past, Dickson has brought to bear, his experience as lawmaker, seasoned administrator and highly experienced politician. Most of his bills scaled through because of his rapport with fellow lawmakers.

“It is on this premise that the people of Ekeremor axis are coming together to appeal to Dickson not to listen to the naysayers, but hearken to the progressives’ voice of the people of Ekeremor and once again contest for the Bayelsa West Senatorial district seat come 2023,” he pleaded.

To further show their commitment, the Ekeremor stakeholders have resolved to mobilize funds for the purchase of nomination form for Dickson. This development has laid to rest the rumour making the round that the people of Ekeremor are against the candidacy of Senator Dickson for the Senate.

Dickson, who has the record of serving a 2-term tenure of the oil-rich Bayelsa State as governor, once served as a member of the House of Representatives. Aside from his robust contribution to the debate on the floor of the House, he has to his credit, many bills that were eventually passed into laws.

Most of the bills centered on the development of the Niger Delta region and the wellbeing of her people. It was on record that the region has suffered age-long neglect and balkanization from the successive administrations in the country.

“Also, it is on record that Dickson is one of the prominent lawmakers that saved the country from the brink of collapse through invocation of Doctrine of Necessity after the demise of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua

“The Doctrine of Necessity laid to rest the controversy that trailed the death of Yar’Adua and confirmation of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as Acting President before he was subsequently sworn in as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“His contribution to the development of the region, nay, Bayelsa State, the relevant stakeholders from the state mounted pressure on him to contest the governorship seat of the state in 2012.

“The people of Bayelsa State will not forget in a jiffy the contribution of Dickson to the socio-economic growth of the State. It was during his tenure that the three Senatorial Districts were turned to construction sites. The development cut across all the sectors of economy.

“We are highly impressed with his contributions to the socio-economic growth of the state, a reason relevant stakeholders met and endorsed his candidacy for governorship seat under the platform of the PDP in 2012,” he said.

The election could aptly be described as a no contest as Dickson overwhelmingly defeated other contestants from the opposition parties. It will take many years for other contestants to erase Senator Dickson’s record at the poll.

Our source further said, “On assumption of office, Dickson did not leave people in doubt of his readiness to transform the state, even in the face of paucity of fund.

”We vividly remember him for one of his phrases, ‘I am in a haste to develop Bayelsa’. True to his words, the three senatorial districts were turned into construction sites with meaningful and impactful projects.

“Aside setting the record of being the first governor to complete a 2-term tenure of eight years, Dickson enjoyed a robust relationship with other tiers of government.

“Towards the tail end of his tenure, Dickson made up his mind to go back to school and pursue a career in teaching profession, but his people worked against his utmost goal as they mounted persistent pressure on him for representation of the Bayelsa West Senatorial District at the red chamber of the National Assembly.

“In response to our calls, Dickson took up the challenges by dropping his teaching ambition for a second missionary journey at the National Assembly. His two years stay at the National Assembly is loaded with activities.

“Dickson could aptly be described as a talented football striker with highest number of goals scored and assists. The former governor has initiated many bills, as well as supported many bills that had been passed into laws,” he said. .

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