Dickson, who made the call in a radio broadcast, on Sunday night, monitored by Nigeria News Agency in Yenagoa, noted that voting against the PDP would amount to betrayal of trust to PDP faithful nationwide.
He said that the faithful of the party who supported former President Goodluck Jonathan to become President would be disappointed if the people of Bayelsa dumped PDP for the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
He advised the people to make informed choices between Sen. Douye Diri of the PDP and Chief David Lyon of the APC haven heard the candidates sell their plans as they canvassed for votes in a peaceful atmosphere.
“I advise Bayelsa people in their own interest to keep faith with PDP; the followers of PDP across the country who made sacrifices and supported one of our own to become President will feel disappointed if we abandon PDP.
“It is on record that some of them were attacked for supporting former President Goodluck Jonathan and so it is only reasonable that we remain with PDP,” Dickson said.
On the purported rift with Jonathan over the choice of the PDP governorship candidate, Dickson blamed ‘political jobbers’ for making misleading comments and misrepresenting his actions.
Dickson said that those who claimed to be working for Jonathan did not mean well for the former President.
He said that Jonathan remained his leader, adding that he served as a political strategist to the ex-president.
He, however, added that those sowing the seed of discord between them were unfair to him.
“I do not want to say much but those of them sowing the seed of discord were not there when I fought battles for the former President,’’ he stated.
Dickson noted that he stood with Jonathan and never compromised during his re-election bid in 2015 as some did.
“I told him then that the election was our own and those who wanted to impose a successor on me are unfair.
“I will reveal more in my memoirs when I leave office and people will have the details,” Dickson said.
On the Bayelsa International Airport project, Dickson accused Nigeria’s aviation sector regulators of conspiracy and connivance with APC in the delay to grant regulatory approval for Bayelsa International Airport.
The governor alleged that the APC was sabotaging the development efforts of his party in Bayelsa.
Dickson also blamed the approval delay on the activities of some overzealous officials of the Ministry of Aviation who he accused of playing with the development of the state.
He maintained that the Airport was built to international standards at the cost of less than N70 billion and urged the people to vote against APC for playing politics with the development of Bayelsa.
It will be recalled that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority had inspected the airport in September and insisted that the facility be fenced before final approvals for flight operations.
The state obtained a N40 billion loan to finance the project, and later sought the state Assembly’s approval of an additional N40 billion for its completion and other capital projects.
Meanwhile, the APC in Bayelsa said that computing the interests paid on the loans shot the project sum to over N100 billion, making the airport the most expensive in the world.
Bayelsa APC described borrowing from short term money market at prevailing interest rates to fund a long term project as unsustainable.
The party said that the cost of borrowing made the project a burden on the treasury.
Edited by Edwin Nwachukwu/Donald Ugwu
I was not placed under house arrest — Oshiomhole
Oshiomhole debunked the reports while briefing newsmen at his residence shortly after receiving Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who defected to APC
“I saw that they wrote a story that I was placed under house arrest. You can see l am here and not under any house arrest.
“I stayed away from Ize-Iyamu’s rally to sustain the peace of the party . I did not want to be blamed for any violence.
“God knows my heart, and he will help me and he has been helping me. We will sustain the governance of this state under the APC.
“With Edo people as our principals and our ultimate employers we are grateful for the support they have given us in spite of any weaknesses.
“Our party does not believe in rigging. We have entrenched the culture of one-man-one-vote, and the name of the game is persuasion not violence,” Oshiomhole said.
He, however, urged members of the party to enchew all forms of violence in order to sustain peace adding that there was no limit to being a member of APC.
He noted that while there was limit for being chairman, governor and tenure of president, there was no limit for being a member of the party.
According to him, once the members are united and comfortable, we will sustain the path of peace.
“That is why I stayed away from the rally.”
Edited by: Donald Ugwu
Lagos Assembly screens Sanwo-Olu’s 3 commissioner-nominees
The eight-member Ad-hoc Committee of the House also screened eight others nominated for the House of Assembly Service Commission and Lagos State Civil Service Commission.
The three commissioner-nominees screened by the House committee on Friday included Mr Ganiyu Ayuba, Mr Olugbenga Oyerinde and Bamigbose Martins.
The Nigeria News Agency recalls that the assembly had on Aug. 16, rejected three of the cabinet nominees presented to it for approval by Sanwo-Olu, necessitating their replacement.
Those rejected by the house included Mr Ajayi Bembe, Mr George Obafemi and Prince Olanrewaju Sanusi.
The Committee’s Chairman, Mr Rotimi Abiru (Somolu II) said a total of 11 nominees were submitted by the governor to the assembly for screening and confirmation.
He said the eight other nominees included three for the state House of Assembly Service Commission while five for state Civil Service Commission.
Among those screened for the Assembly Service Commission included Mr Akeem Bello, former member of the 8th Assembly, Mr Kabiru Lawal, a member from 2007 – 2011 and Mr Richard Osungboye.
The nominees screened for the state Civil Service Commission were Mr Babatunde Seriki, Mr Avoseh Suru, Mr Adesina Odeyemi, Mrs Olubunmi Fabanwo and Mr Kamalrudeen Olorunoje.
NAN reports that other members of the screening committee were Mr Victor Akande (Ojo I), Mr Akeem Shokunle (Oshodi-Isolo I), Mr Desmond Elliot (Surulere I).
Others were Mr Bisi Yusuf (Alimosho I), Mr Noheem Adams (Eti-Osa I) , Mr Folajimi Lai-Mohammed (Ikeja I), Mr Ajani Owolabi (Lagos Mainland I).
Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi
Obaseki not ready for settlement — Oshiomhole
The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, on Friday said that Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo was not ready for amicable resolution of the crisis rocking the party in the state.
Oshiomhole made this known while briefing newsmen in Benin shortly after receiving Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in his residence in Benin
Oshiomhole said “the governor has been refusing and avoiding an all-inclusive meeting where all issues would have been tabled and resolved.
“Four governors volunteered to attend the meeting but he has consistently refused to attend the meeting.
“The only way to iron out issues is to sit down and listen to complaints.
“He should not worry about the ticket but how to win the heart of Edo people.
“The name of the game is persuation not violence.
“The men whose cars were burnt yesterday will never vote for them again. It is unheard of to refuse somebody into your party; politic is a game of numbers,” he said.
According to Oshiomhole, l have said it before that the deputy governor is doing damage to his principal.
“I have to pay the price by staying away from the APC rally,” he said.
The APC Chairman explained that he avoided the rally so that some persons would not have any excuse to go and kill people and blame it on him.
“We will not go to their level; blood for blood is not our mantra,” he added.
The South South Vice chairman of the Party, Mr Hillard Etta, while presenting Ize-Iyamu to the national chairman of the party, said he was delighted to welcome lze-lyamu back to the party.
“I never imagined that one day I will be performing this function because lze-lyamu was my boss. I did not see this coming,” he said.
Also speaking, Pastor Ize-Iyamu thanked the national and state leadership of APC for welcoming him back home.
Ize-Iyamu said “l have always said that l am not coming to cause confusion in APC but to come and join in strengthening the house l helped to build.”
Edited by: Donald Ugwu
Gov. Umahi presents N178 bn budget for 2020
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi on Friday, presented a budget of N178.1 billion for 2020 to the state House of Assembly.
The budget was lower than the 2019 figure of 188.4billion.
Umahi while presenting the budget, tagged ‘budget of growth, consolidation and transformation, expressed appreciation to the House and other critical stakeholders who ensured the effective implementation of the 2019 budget.
The governor said that the budget has a recurrent expenditure of N46.08 billion representing 25.8 per cent and capital expenditure of N132 billion representing 74.1 percent.
“The increase in the capital expenditure is due to the borrowing from the African Development Bank (ADB) for the construction of the state ring road.
“It is pertinent to state that the fund is still with the ADB and not paid into the state’s accounts as the contractors will generate certificate and get paid directly from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN),” he said.
Umahi said personnel cost in the budget was N18.4billion with provisions for payment of the new minimum wage for workers in the state.
“I use this opportunity to urge the organised labour to hasten its negotiations with government on the minimum wage for its implementation.
“I have maintained that the minimum wage starts with the Local Government Areas (LGAs) because a chain is as strong as its weakest link.
“Whatever is agreed at the LGA level is what we will pay and I maintain that no LGA should spend more than 60 per cent of its earning on paying salaries.
“The World Bank has instructed that citizens must be part of budgeting which means that they must be accommodated in it with every fund of the state belonging to them,” he said.
Umahi noted that works and infrastructure has been allocated N54.1b (30.8 per cent) education—N27b (15. 21 per cent) health—N15.4b (8.6 per cent) human capital development and commerce and industry—N8.b (4.5 per cent).
“Agriculture will receive N3.7b ( 2.1 per cent) security—N2.6b (1.5 per cent) as the government desires to enhance the agricultural capabilities of the state and improve its general hospitals,” he said.
Mr Francis Nwifuru, the Speaker commended Umahi for painstakingly implementing the 2019 budget and its preceding ones and assured of the House continued collaboration for the good of the state.
“I urge my colleagues to ensure expeditious passage for the governor to consolidate on his infrastructural and other dividends of democracy bequeathed on the people,” he said.
Edited by: Ali Baba-Inuwa
PDP extols Gov. Wike’s virtues
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers as an exceptional leader, with extraordinary commitment and sacrifice towards national stability and well-being of Nigerians.
PDP said this in a goodwill message issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday in Abuja to congratulate Wike on his birthday.
“Wike is a fearless leader, whose staunch stand for justice, equity and fairness to all, has been a boost to the collective struggle by Nigerians for the restoration of democratic values and rule of law in the country.
“The PDP notes with delight that over the years, he has distinguished himself as a leader whose only interest in governance has been the well being of the people,” he said.
He prayed God to continue to bless Wike with many more years in good health for the people of Rivers and Nigerians at large to continue to benefit from his selfless service to the nation.
Edited by: Ali Baba-Inuwa
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