Bayelsa Guber: Senator Diri Woos Ex-President Jonathan’s Supporters, Jonathan Backs Candidate, Meets PDP Govs


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for next month’s governorship election in Bayelsa State, Sen. Douye Diri, has urged the supporters of former President Goodluck Jonathan to vote for him.

Diri, who spoke yesterday at campaigns in Otuokpoto, Kolo and Ogbia, noted that the residents of Ogbia had supported PDP previously, observing that the late Melford Okilo was a PDP member.

He said that the PDP provided a platform for the former president who hailed from Otuoke in Ogbia to become president, appealing to the people to sustain their loyalty to the party.

Diri promised that he would resolve the development challenges facing Ogbia residents as well as other parts of the state.

He said voting for the PDP would preserve the legacies of Okilo and Jonathan.

He pledged that his administration would consolidate the achievements of the current PDP administration and bring development closer to Ogbia Local Government.

The lawmaker representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency, Fred Agbedi, had appealed to PDP members who had defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to return to PDP.

Agbedi, who contested the PDP governorship primaries alongside Diri and 19 other aspirants, said the party was the best option for Bayelsa, having been in power since 1999.

Also, Chief Benson Agadaga, one of the PDP leaders in the state, said Ogbia residents would give Diri a bloc vote.




Former President Jonathan backs Senator Diri, meets PDP governors


Nigeria’s immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, has endorsed Senator Duoye Diri, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate for the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa state.
The endorsement came shortly after Dr. Jonathan met behind closed doors with governors elected on the platform of the PDP in Abuja on Friday.
The meeting which held at the Abuja residence of the former President had Dr. Jonathan asking a rhetorical question: “How can I be working for the All Progressives Congress, APC, when I am a frontline stakeholder and a father of the PDP?”
The meeting was attended by Governors Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Darius Ishaku (Taraba) and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state. Director General of tur PDP Governors Forum Osaru Onaiwu represented the forum at the meeting.
Jonathan’s decision to clear the air is not unconnected with social media reports in recent times linking him with forming an alliance with the APC ahead of the November poll.
It was not clear however if the six governors facilitated the endorsement as it was alleged that Dickson frustrated the ambition of Jonathan’s preferred candidate for the plum job.
Since his emergence as PDP governorship flag bearer, Diri had allegedly sought Jonathan’s blessings with little success.
But when the PDP governors mobilised to meet Jonathan and sought for his endorsement of Diri, the former President obliged, news men gathered.




Bayelsa Guber: Senator Diri Woos Ex-President Jonathan’s Supporters, Jonathan Backs Candidate, Meets PDP Govs Bayelsa Guber: Senator Diri Woos Ex-President Jonathan’s Supporters, Jonathan Backs Candidate, Meets PDP Govs Reviewed by JNJ GLOBAL GIST on October 27, 2019 Rating: 5

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