The senator representing the central district of Bayelsa in the National Assembly, Senator Douye Diri, joined the competition for the governorship of Bayelsa state under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party.
Senator Diri, after obtaining the nomination and expression of forms of interest at the national headquarters of the PDP in Abuja, declared that he had no excessive ambition to contest the elections scheduled for November 16th.
Speaking to journalists, he said he said his ambition was to serve more people of Ijaw ethnicity.
He promised to develop the standard set by the current governor of the state, Seriake Dickson, in the areas of health, education, security, infrastructure and other spheres of human endeavor.
“Let me state clearly that I do not have any inordinate ambition. I was only motivated into joining the governorship race in order to build on the monumental achievements of Dickson.”
“For me, it has been service all my life; service to the Ijaw ethnic nationality; service to my state; service to humanity.”
“I have held several positions in the state, and today, I am doing same as a federal legislator. So it is all about service to our people”.
The lawmaker stated that there is no kingmaker in Bayelsa and there is no division in the state’s chapter of the party.
“Please let me put this very clear; I don’t know of anybody called a kingmaker in the state. PDP in the state is one under the leadership of the governor”.
He called on all governorship aspirants of the party in the state to avoid acts that could lead to division within the party before, during and after the party’s primaries.
“The primary is not a do or die. It is an intra-party affair which should not be allowed to cause any division amongst us.”
“So I’m appealing to all my co-aspirants to avoid throwing tantrums at one another. We must also be ready to work together with whoever that emerges as our candidate at the primaries.”
“The ultimate objective is for our party to come out victorious at the election,” he said.