Olusegun Samuel in Yenagoa
Yesterday, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, looked back on his political journey with his predecessor, Senator Seriake Dickson, and described him as a political strategist.
Diri said this when he received the Senator representing the Bayelsa West Senate District in his hometown Sampou in the Kolokuma / Opokuma local government area in the state.
The governor recalled how both began their political journeys by serving in the former civil administrations of the state, except one.
Diri, in a statement by her chief press secretary, Danirl Alabrah, said their long-standing relationship was a mutual brotherly bond, and stressed that her predecessor had always been instrumental in her political successes, also recalling that his first elected post as a Member of the National Assembly was achieved under Dickson’s leadership.
He also recounted how his smooth transition from the House of Representatives to the Senate and now governor of the state became possible, as Dickson believed in his ability to solidify the legacy left to the state.
According to him, âDickson and I knew each other long before the creation of Bayelsa State (in 1996). We had been involved in Ijaw activism in Port Harcourt (Rivers State) and later served in other state administrations.
âAs he (Dickson) rightly said, it was only in one administration that we both didn’t serve in this state. And we never knew he would become governor, but because it was his destiny, it happened.
âThe type of relationship we share is cherished by both of us. I remember when we were looking for who to challenge the seat of the House of Representatives for our party; while I was busy looking for the right person outside, he was in his office doing the same.
âFinally, he decided and told me that those around him had indicated to me that we had to represent the federal constituency of Yenagoa / Kolokuma / Opokuma. This is how I started the journey to the National Assembly.
âInitially, our intention was for me to go to the Senate. But being the political strategist that he is, he told me that the powers that be would then be an obstacle. So the House of Representatives was the best option at the time.
“I have decided to follow this path of memory, because a lot of things are happening just to highlight the relationship that I have had with my brother, friend, compatriot and leader until now that I am governor.”
Expressing gratitude on behalf of his administration of prosperity to Dickson, the governor called on members of his government and his party (Peoples Democratic Party) to continue to give glory to God for the maintenance and control of political power in the ‘State.
Diri further advised his supporters and political associates to ensure that their structure remains intact before the next election.
Earlier, Dickson said as part of the Christmas festivities he came to pay homage and solidarity to the state’s number one citizen as a sign of respect and in return for the governor’s earlier gesture, when he visited him. in his country house. in the Toru-Orua community.
He also confirmed that Diri was his friend, brother, colleague and ally whose relationship was cherished beyond party affiliation.
While calling on citizens of the state to support the current administration, Dickson stressed that members of government must work with a common goal.
The President of the Bayelsa Assembly, Abraham Ingobere, other lawmakers, the Secretary of the State Government, Dr Konbowei Benson, commissioners and other senior government officials, chiefs traditional as well as party loyalists and political associates.