Former Sen. Barigha-Amange Vows To Deliver Bayelsa East To Dickson

Governor of Bayelsa state

By Jackson Udeani – A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Bayelsa and former senator, Nimi Barigha-Amange, has vowed to deliver the Bayelsa east senatorial district to the party in the next governorship election in the state.

Governor of Bayelsa state
Governor of Bayelsa state

Barigha-Amange who is the Vice-Chairman of the Seriake Dickson’s Campaign Advisory Committee dispelled rumours that he was among those planning to leave the PDP, saying he would be the last to leave a party he had laboured to build.

“Senator Amange is still in PDP and will continue to be in the PDP. I have a leader whom I worked with for 8 years in Abuja and I will be the last person to leave for another party. After failing election at the centre, how can I come home and donate my own state to an opposition party? It will not happen.

He vowed to work for the re-election of Dickson in the December 5 gubernatorial polls, assuring the Governor Dickson of his determination to assert his hold on the senatorial district, saying the opposition APC would soon know who is in charge in the area.

“For the forthcoming election, I will say the governor should concentrate on the other side and leave this side (our senatorial district) for us. Leave Ogbia, Nembe and Brass for us. In fact, we are also praying that the governorship candidate of the main opposition party should come from this senatorial district so that everybody will now know who is in control of this place. So don’t bother yourself.”

Senator Amange, a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), announced his support while receiving the governor at his country home in Nembe-Ogbolomabiri shortly before the presentation of operational gadgets donated by him to motorcyclists in the community.

The former lawmaker decried rumours labelling him as one of those planning to defect from the PDP, stressing that there has never been any time he contemplated leaving the party, he and a few others laboured so much to build in the state.

Amange, who represented the people of Bayelsa East Senatorial District, comprising Brass, Nembe and Ogbia LGAs in the 6th senate, told the governor to concentrate more of his electioneering campaigns in other parts of the state, as almost all the political gladiators in his domain have agreed to work for his victory.

In his remarks, Governor Seriake Dickson described Amange as a great pillar of support to the restoration government and genuine party leader, who has contributed greatly towards the growth and development of the PDP and the state.

He lauded the senator for his acts of philantropy over the years and particularly for accepting to serve as the Vice Chairman of his campaign Advisory Council, which has former governor of the state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha as its Chairman.

While soliciting the continued support of the former lawmaker, Governor Dickson reiterated his call on PDP faithfuls never to allow personal differences to negatively affect the fortunes of the party but rather remain loyal to its supremacy at all times.

“We are here to give honour to whom honour is due. We are confident that with Senator Amange behind us here leading, our campaign boat will get to its destination safely. The Senator is not just a passenger in this boat. He is a co-captain of this boat. We are grateful that he has accepted to be the Vice Chairman of the Campaign Advisory Council, where all our key elders assemble under the leadership of Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha,” Dickson said.

“The PDP is a big family. So once in a while, there could be one or two differences. But a genuine party leader will set aside personal differences for the overall good of the party and the state and of the Ijaw nation. Senator Amange as everybody knows, is one Ijaw patriot who has not failed in that regard.”

Governor Dickson, who was accorded a warm reception by various groups including the chiefs, women, youths and motorcyclists popularly known as Okada riders, was accompanied on the visit by his deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, Acting State Chairman of PDP, Chief Serena Dokubo-Spiff, Chief Thompson Okorotie and other top ranking politicians.


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