A former President of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Mr. Famous Daunemuagha, has urged the people of Bayelsa State to be wary of those looking to contest the 2016 governorship election in the state.
According to him, those currently eyeing the governorship seat are only after their own interests and not the general interests of the people.
Former Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha; former Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission, Chief Timi Alaibe; a leader of All Progressives Congress and former Governor of the state, Chief Timipre Sylva, are some of the prominent politicians said to be interested in contesting the 2016 governorship election in the state.
Others are a former Commissioner for Health, Chief Frank Akpoebi; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Mr. Godknows Igali; the State APC Chairman, Mr. Tiwe Oruminighe, and Mr. Preye Aganaba, APC senatorial candidate for Bayelsa Central.
The incumbent, Gov. Seriake Dickson, is in his first term and is expected to seek re-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
But in a statement on Thursday, Daunemuagha said most of those showing interest in the race were only being “opportunistic and self-serving” if they ever contested next year.
“So, the people of Bayelsa State must be wary of their deceit”, he warned.
Daunemugha, who said the realities on the ground favoured Governor Dickson, claimed that the antecedents of those reportedly in the race were “either too negative or abysmally uninspiring” to now elicit the interest of the people.
He said, “What comes to mind is the past of these characters and of course their deficit of corruption and bad leadership. Even among those who are currently serving, what have they contributed to make life better for their kinsmen back home in Bayelsa State?
“All of them have been in one top position or the other at different times but only used their respective positions to enrich themselves and that is the critical issue they have with the good people of Bayelsa State. There is a growing political awareness among the people and they will certainly ask questions”.