Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state has declared that All Progressives Congress (APC) does not have charisma and aura to threaten his re-election bid as governor under the umbrella of People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor said that the party has not achieved anything politically tangible towards December 5 governorship in Bayelsa except propaganda.
The governor, who was a special guest at the annual Ojude Oba festival held in Ijebu-Ode on Saturday and as one of the Regberegbes (age groups) of Ijebuland in Ogun state, said despite the fact that All Progressives Congress (APC) holds sway at the national level, that would not have any political impacts on governorship election in Bayelsa state.
“APC winning election? That is for those of you who are watching outside the state. For us in Bayelsa, we know there is no contest, there is no challenge. What you hear about, what you read about, it is all about propaganda; there is no APC in Bayelsa to threaten us.”
But, speaking on the significance of Ojude-Oba festival as a means of fostering development and nation-building, Dickson said, “I’m not here today for politics, I’m here to honour our father and also to celebrate with my friends here and others in the Regberegbes, particularly my own group, the Jagunmolus, and all the people of our country from far and near.
“I am very delighted with the colourful cultural display that I have seen here today. This is what we have been preaching back then, we want our children to know about our tradition and culture and to make them know that our tradition still has dignity.”
Dignitaries at the event included the Ogun State Deputy Governor, Yetunde Onanuga; former governor, Gbenga Daniel, Daisy Danjuma, Adegbenga Kaka, Lekan Mustapha, Kayode Amusan, and Adesegun Adekoya.
Others are Afenifere chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo, founder of FCMB, Otunba Subomi Balogun; National President of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Waheed Odusile, Ogun State Head of Service, Modupe Adekunle, and chairman of Globacom, Otunba Mike Adenuga, who was represented by the company’s Business Director, Ayo Ogunranti.
Meanwhile, the Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, has said that the Ijebu people are proud of their roots and cultural heritage as they would not relent in making significant contributions to Nigeria’s socio-economic and political development, asking those holding political offices to fulfil electoral promises and be accountable to the electorate.
He said, “I think we are now having a change. That change we look forward to and we are very optimistic will give a new foundation to build Nigeria. And it is my hope that those who gave us promises would fulfil the promises, so that we can get out of the woods.
“Nigeria is a land of milk and honey; it’s a land where people can prosper, it’s a place that we can do better. But for the fact that we were long blessed with wrong leadership. But I’m sure things would start to work better.”