From Chuks Okocha in Abuja
The governorship race in Bayelsa State assumed a new dimension yesterday, as youths and stakeholders in the state wooed President Goodluck Jonathan’s confidant and permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Dr. Godknows Igali, to join the race. Igali was Secretary to the State Government (SSG), when President Jonathan was governor of the state.
Also, the immediate past senator from Sokoto East in the sixth National Assembly, Senator Abubakar Gada, has joined the gubernatorial race for Sokoto State in the 2012 re-run governorship election, stating that youth employment was paramount in his priority list.
But the youths and stakeholders under the aegis of “Godknows Igali Solidarity Movement” said they would not fold their hands and watch Bayelsa being destroyed by clueless and accidental leaders.
In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, the youths said: “The Bayelsa people have suffered enough and they are tired of the present circumstances in the state. The past four years plus have been traumatic and have been like hell. We are not going to gamble with the next four years again because it will be catastrophic.”
Meanwhile, Gada who said he was ready to upstage Wamako warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not field the wrong candidate as it would spell doom for the party at the governorship poll.
Gada, who spoke in Abuja at the weekend, with newsmen, said the incumbent governor of the state, Alhaji Aliyu Wammako, could not perform as governor, because he has no agenda to move the state forward.
Gada said: “The sociological composition and chemistry of the state haven’t been fully appreciated by the governor (Wammako), but emotionally the people thought that they saw somebody who was molested by the then incumbent (Alhaji Bafawara) and therefore, they suddenly develop a sympathy for him that culminated in his being elected, but he has no agenda to rule the people, he has no programme! He suddenly found himself in the government house arising from the emotional reaction of the electorate.”
According to him: “The governor came in through a popular move believing that he had what it takes to move the state forward. Four years in office, that hope was dashed. Nothing to show for it; popularity and priority misplaced and abused.”
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