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2023: Diri Vows To Dethrone Traditional Rulers Over Thuggery, Partisanship 

Governor Douye Diri
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri.

January 16, (THEWILL) – Ahead of the 2023 general elections across the country, Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has vowed to dethrone any traditional ruler in the state, who allows politicians in his domain to use guns in intimidating voters and rig the forthcoming election.

He spoke on the sidelines in the flag-off of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign for Bayelsa Central Senatorial District on Monday, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital.

The Governor also warned that in any community where intimidation and rigging occur, youth leaders of that community will also be derecognised.

He urged the people of the state to rally around and support all the candidates of the PDP during the election, for the party to come and correct the economic woes and quagmire perpetrated in the country by the APC-led government.

He assured the people that the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has what it takes to reposition the country.

He said: “As for traditional rulers, I have told them, any traditional ruler in whose domain that any politician uses guns to drive away any other party, that traditional ruler will be deposed. I am now advising, after now, I will take action through my Deputy Governor, who is in charge.

“The youths in such a place will be derecognised and I meant every word that comes out of my mouth, the traditional rulers should remain apolitical, youths have to be disciplined, politics is not to go and kill your brother.

“I urged the people of Bayelsa State to continue to have the undying spirit of the PDP, in all our polling units, we have an undying spirit, in all of our wards, we have an undying spirit, and we will continue to make sure that we bring development, infrastructures, human capital development to Bayelsa State,” he said.

In his remarks, the People’s Democratic Party Chairman in the state, Hon. Solomon Agwanana, said the strength of the PDP is in the hand of every one of them because they have given their support to the prosperity administration.

He said with the strength of the people, there is no way other parties will have a space in Bayelsa, saying the people that supported this failing party, also supported a failing project and they have given the failure to Nigerians. “We say the failure will no longer be entertained in Bayelsa.”

“We don’t want all these political gamblers to come and gamble our state. We have a situation in this country, the situation is not healthy, the economy is not healthy, the security is not healthy. They are trying to gamble  with  this our state but God did not allow them, we stood by our leaders and we will stop them.”

Agwanana said the leadership of the party in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area must perform. “I’m challenging you because you are indebted to this party. The leadership must not deceive themselves, if you believe in this party, you must deliver the party.

“Southern Ijaw is PDP and we don’t want any mistakes. They brought a failing party, we now have the responsibility to rescue Nigeria. We were supposed to be building and expanding the good works of PDP, now we are talking of rescuing. We have a job in our hands and we are not afraid.”

According to him, Yenagoa and Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Areas are hundred percent PDP, Saying he is using them to challenge the people of Southern Ijaw to also deliver PDP in the forthcoming general election.

“The only reward we want is for you to give us your votes and we are prepared to do more. If the party that has brought hunger come to buy your PVC, call us, we will arrest them,” he added.

The high points of the occasion were the presentation of the party flags to the flag bearers of the party for the House of Assembly, House of Representatives and the Senate from Bayelsa Central, which is made up of Yenagoa-Kolokuma Federal Constituency and Southern Ijaw Federal Constituency, respectively.