The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, alongside his governorship candidate, David Lyon has blamed incumbent Governor Seriake Dickson for impoverishing natives of the state.
In a statement issued by his campaign organisation, on Sunday, Lyon said “Bayelsans still live in penury because the Dickson-led administration failed to protect the people on profit generating projects, thereby causing the people to live from hand to mouth”.
The candidate, in the statement, spoke at a campaign rally held at Egbemo-Ekeremor Local Government Council” of the state.
Lyon reportedly assured the natives that, if elected, he would complete the Agge Seaport project, which is said to be abandoned.
“As an oil-producing community, you serve more than the hardship the state government has exposed you to”, Lyon was quoted as saying.
“If we live in a state where only the right people are elected into office, communities like yours should be enjoying better roads, schools, health facilities and portable water”, he said amidst a plea for votes.
Also at the campaign rally was former speaker and deputy governor, Rt. Hon. Peremobowei Ebebi, who decamped from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the opposition party.
Ebebi was quoted to have said he, alongside others, gained nothing from the PDP in seven and half years they were members.
With the governorship poll imminent, the ruling ‘Restoration Government’ of Gov. Seriake has lately faced a wave of defection of party faithful, among them formerly serving aides.
The primaries which produced Senator Douye Diri as PDP flagbearer had resulted in rift among party leaders.
One of the aggrieved camps, said to have broken from the PDPrank, is that of President Goodluck Jonathan.Although, there has been talk of uneasy relationship between Governor Seriake and Jonathan, what would further deepen their rift is the emergence of Diri in controversial primaries disputed by other contenders.
The disagreement between the two PDP leaders sharply contrast the events that led to Seriake’s emergence as governor in 2011.
Then sitting President Jonathan had pulled all the stops in making Seriake governor, thereby leaving then incumbent, Timipre Silva squirming in re-election defeat.
Like Jonathan, Timi Alaibe – serial governorship contender – reportedly disagrees with the process that produced Diri.
His supporters included defectors from the PDP government, a development the latter waved off as incapable of hurting the party at the poll.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has fixed November 16 for the Bayelsa poll.