OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
Ahead of the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa state, an aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Hon. Fred Agbedi has pledged to take advantage of the state’s oil and gas resources to build a modular refinery and deliver the state to the party if given the opportunity.
Hon. Agbedi who stated this shortly after obtaining his Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms, Tuesday, at the PDP national secretariat, Abuja, said the refinery would be privately owned without the interference of government in order to enhance its performance.
If elected, the aspirant said his administration go the whole length to industrialise the state in order to create legion of job opportunities for the teeming youths in the state.
“We will ensure that youths who created an atmosphere of militancy will be brought together. So I am in the race to render service in a greater capacity. I know what the challenges are in Bayelsa State. I also know the issues people agitate about, ” he said.
According to him, Bayelsa will witness tremendous improvement in the standard of living of its people, saying he would work with a team of committed patriots to take the state to a higher level.
Similarly, a former Commissioner in the state, Architect Reuben Okoya who also obtained his Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms said if given the mandate, his administration would focus on infrastructural and human capital development.
“To win, the PDP must field the right candidate or we will be in trouble if we don’t. It is gratifying to see that the party now has more states than it did in 2015.
“We must stay focused for the battle ahead. We must build schools and hospitals. People have no money to spend. The party should ask who among us has the capacity and if they do, they will come to me. I have done it before and I will do it again,” Okoya told newsmen.
On whether the outgoing governor, Seriake Dickson is likely to anoint his successor, the aspirant noted that “there was nothing wrong with a governor trying to pick his successor but he must pick the right person. I am not sure that Governor Dickson wants to impose anyone as governor. I have not seen that in Bayelsa,” he said.
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