Bayelsa State stakeholders on Tuesday tipped a former Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Chief Ndutimi Alaibe, as a good replacement for Governor Seriake Dickson.
The stakeholders called on Alaibe to warm up for the 2019 governorship election in the state assuring him of victory.
They argued that Alaibe, who hails from Opokuma area of the state, had the credentials to continue with the good work of Dickson.
The stakeholders consisted of the Timi Alaibe Youth Vanguard (TAYV), Bayelsa State Advancement Movement (BSAM), Alaibe Support Group (ASG), Committee for the Development of Bayelsa State (CDBS) and Concerned Progressive Youths of Bayelsa State (CPYBS)
Applauding transformation in the state, they insisted that Alaibe had the wherewithal to pilot the affairs for the benefit of the people in line with strides already achieved by the Dickson.
Speaking for the groups, Prince Peres Ogbogbo, noted that Alaibe’s strides in the NDDC and as a Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs remained unmatched by his successors, saying he would repeat similar feats as a governor.
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He said they were ready to purchase the nomination form for Alaibe despite his chosen political platform.
Ogbogbo said: “We opted to synergise our various positions with the aim of ensuring that Timi Alaibe becomes the next governor. Our groups have the required structures across the 105 wards of the state that will enable us achieve their target.
“We have structures across the 105 wards in the state that can give our principal Timi Alaibe the mandate to be the next governor of the state.
“We state without equivocation that we are calling on Timi Alaibe to contest for the governorship position because we trust and we are confident that with his achievements in NDDC and the amnesty office, he has the capacity to move the state forward”.
He said the groups looked at the last records of Alaibe and were impressed by his achievements such as construction of roads across the Niger Delta, electrification of communities and empowerment of the people.
“The footprints of Timi Alaibe are all over the Niger Delta and beyond. Under his tenure in NDDC he constructed roads, electrified communities across the Niger Delta States.
“It should be noted here that he was the initiator of the amnesty programme that has restored peace in the region and empowered our people by building their capacities both in Nigeria and abroad”, he said.
Ogbogbo called on Alaibe to contest on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to enable him continue with the developmental strides of Dickson.
“Timi Alaibe should contest on the platform of PDP because that is the party of our people, so that he will continue with the good works of Seriake Dickson who has the love and passion for the development of the Ijaw nation”, he said.