Category: Voting

Diri: PDP Governors Best Performing In Nigeria – Says Party Will Take Over In 2023

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has described his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) colleagues in the North and South as the best in terms of performance in Nigeria.

Governor Diri, who spoke in Adamawa on Saturday as chairman of the PDP National Electoral Committee for the conduct of the state congress of the party, also said the opposition party was poised to take over power at the centre in 2023.

The congress, which produced Tahir Shehu, a legal practitioner, with 2422 votes, was held at the Mahmud Ribadu Square in Jimeta, Yola North Local Government Area of the state.

Governor Adamu Fintiri and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, were among the delegates that voted at the congress.

A statement by Governor Diri’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted him as urging his party members to remain steadfast and united to ensure PDP returns to power in the next general election.

His words: “Nigerians are tired of the APC (All Progressives Congress) and are waiting for the PDP to take over. I assure you that come 2023, PDP will take over the presidency of our country.”

The Bayelsa governor described his Adamawa counterpart, Fintiri, as one of the “shining lights” in the party, saying he is making remarkable developmental imprints on his state.

He said it was a thing of pride that the first flyover in the whole of North East was constructed by the Fintiri administration, saying the PDP governors are noted for such developmental strides.

“I have been reading about the first flyover in the North East but yesterday I drove on it. We are pleased as a party that the governor of Adamawa State is performing and doing well. You know the PDP governors, from the North to the South, are the best performing in Nigeria. 

“As an opposition party, we must be conscious of this at all times. So today’s event proved to the people of Adamawa and indeed Nigerians that PDP is always united and will overcome its challenges at all times. 

“I therefore urge us as faithful members of our party to be cohesive and steadfast just as I appreciate our leaders in Adamawa for the spirit of oneness and for the spirit of ensuring that our party becomes number one not only in Adamawa but also in Nigeria, so it can take over the reins of governance in 2023.”

Diri appreciated Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for what he described as his sterling qualities and for providing leadership in the party and in Nigeria.

He said the congress was peaceful, friendly and convivial as it showed that the PDP was united in Adamawa. 

He equally commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) whose state Resident Electoral Commissioner and his team were present to observe the exercise.

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Electronic Voting Will Ensure Rancour-free Elections In Nigeria, Says Gov Diri

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has said the hitch-free conduct of the recent Ijaw National Congress (INC) election indicated that Nigeria can hold rancour-free national elections.

Governor Diri stated this on Friday during the inauguration of the new INC leadership at the Ijaw House in Yenagoa.
He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to adopt electronic voting to avoid conflicts during elections.

A statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, noted that the failure of the country’s electoral body to adopt e-voting has led to politicisation of revered state institutions and disrespect to such institutions.
The governor also said that the adoption of e-voting would provide an opportunity for Nigerians in the Diaspora to choose their leaders through the ballot.

His words: “I am an advocate and supporter of electronic voting system. Many Nigerians have been denied the right to vote because they are not in Nigeria and cannot participate in choosing their leaders.
“It is a challenge to Nigeria. Let the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) be challenged. If the Ijaws can do it, the Federal Government can also do it.

“If Ijaws can enfranchise Ijaws in Europe and America to be part of deciding who leads them, INEC can equally do it. It will check violence, criminality and state institutions being politicised.”

Giving his charge to the new executive council of the apex Ijaw socio-cultural body, the governor stressed the need for the body to advance the cause of Ijaws to achieve equity and fairness in Nigeria.
In his inaugural address, the new INC President, Professor Benjamin Okaba, assured that the body would work for the progress of the Ijaw people.

Prof. Okaba also said  the INC fully supported the recent pronouncement by governors of southern Nigeria prohibiting open grazing in the region, saying the organisation would provide the necessary support to ensure adherence to laws aimed at protecting the people and their land against invasion from external forces.

Okaba, who stated that INC would collaborate with other ethnic minorities that share the same experiences with the Ijaws to achieve their dreams, said the ethnic group was aware of surreptitious moves by some groups to annex territories in the Niger Delta because of its resources, but that no part of Ijaw would be ceded or conquered.
“The INC wishes to use this special occasion to and in an unequivocal term remind and warn such characters that the Ijaw territory was never and will never be ceded or conquered. We belong only to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Should there be a compelling necessity to pull out of the present Nigeria, we shall go our separate ways in fulfilment of the dreams of our ancestors,” he said.

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