Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri has expressed optimism that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would surmount its current challenges and emerge victorious at all levels in next year’s general elections.
Governor Diri, stated this at an interdenominational church service organized by the state government to mark Nigeria’s sixty-second independence and the twenty-sixth anniversary of the creation of Bayelsa, at the King of Glory Chapel in Government House, Yenagoa.
Represented by his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the Governor described the post-convention crisis rocking the PDP as “shaking of the water in the river that will not stop the boat from getting to its destination”.
He said by the grace of God and the support of Nigerians who have seen the difference between the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the PDP, his party would reclaim power at the centre and in majority of the states, including Bayelsa.
Governor Diri, who urged Nigerians to be determined and courageous in their bid to rescue the country from total collapse, maintained that the nation would become stronger, more united and prosperous after the forthcoming elections.
Commenting on how the state has fared so far, he said though Bayelsa is not where it ought to be, the state has made some remarkable progress from inception.
Governor Diri reassured the people of the state of his administration’s commitment towards completing all ongoing landmark projects including the Nembe-Brass Road, Angiama-Oporoma bridge and the Sagbama-Ekeremor Road to open up the state for sustainable prosperity.
The Bayelsa helmsman also used the opportunity to caution politicians to focus squarely on issues, rather than engage in character assassination of political rivals as the campaigns for the elections kick off this week.
He equally warned the youth to be mindful of politicians, whose stock in trade is to throw around Greek gifts and promote violence during political seasons.
Earlier in a sermon, the Chaplain, King of Glory Chapel, Government House, Pastor David Yalah, while speaking on the topic “Help From Above”, stressed the need for the people of the state and the country in general to appreciate God for who He is and what He has done.
Pastor Yalah, who anchored his message on Psalm and Matthew, enjoined the people to always seek divine intervention, adding that the current challenges confronting the nation are indications that the country needs God to turn its situation around for good.