Bayelsa PDP Assembly members-elect meet Gov. Diri
…As gov. calls for harmonious relationship between Executive, Legislature
Isaac Ombe, Yenagoa
The 17 members of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have vowed to work for the second tenure bid of Governor Douye Diri.
The newly-elected lawmakers said this during a visit to the Government House, in Yenagoa, the state capital.
On his part, Governor Diri said their victory showed that all the struggles had paid off and moves for harmonious relationship between the Legislature and the Executive Arm of government.
The members-elect expressed their continued support for the Prosperity Administration’s push to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.
Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Mr. Abraham Ingobere, who was also returned, spoke on behalf of the 17 members-elect when they paid homage to Governor Diri shortly after they were presented with their certificates of return by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).
The newly-elected lawmakers in the state expressed their appreciation to Governor Diri.
Ingobere also expressed appreciation to Governor Diri for the role he played in their victory during the legislative election in the state and assured him of the readiness of the PDP legislators to continually support his administration to deliver good governance to people of the state.
He remarked that beyond supporting the programmes and policies of the Prosperity Administration, the members-elect would also work for his re-election to enable him continue his good works.
The Speaker equally appreciated the governor and the security agencies in the state for ensuring that the last elections were peaceful.
Responding, Governor Diri expressed delight over the victory of the PDP, which produced the majority of the elected legislators in the assembly.
He said he was confident of their ability to perform their duties creditably.
Governor Diri stressed the need for the Executive and Legislative arms of government to continue to work in harmony for the development of the state, saying it is a wrong notion that both arms were supposed to be in constant disagreement.
His words, “It is a thing of joy that all our struggles have paid off. This is a day of joy for us and for our Party.
“I am confident all of you have the capacity to perform and I know that you will work in unity with the executive arm just as we have done in the last three years and counting.
“Let us continue to see ourselves as one. Nobody can do it alone, not even me as governor. All we need to do is to put the interest of the state ahead of personal considerations.
“My only regret is that we have only two women elected into the next assembly. By the next election in 2037, we should work to bring in more women.”
In a similar development, Governor Douye Diri has lauded the various security agencies in the state for being professional and non-partisan in their duties during the general election in the state.
Governor Diri who spoke during the monthly State Security Council meeting, at the Government House, in Yenagoa, commended heads of the security agencies for the almost flawless performance of their personnel, who ensured the elections were peacefully conducted.
The governor stressed that if the security situation in Bayelsa was the same in other parts of the country, nobody would have cried foul about the electoral process.
He insisted that in the state, the elections were largely free and fair except for the ugly incidents in two constituencies in Brass and Ogbia local government areas.
“We all agreed in this council that security would be non-partisan and be professional in your job and you actually exhibited professionalism. The security agencies, from the police, which is the lead internal security agency, down to the military and paramilitary, you all did your best.
“The image of this country depends on the federating units. If what we are doing here is replicated all over the country, I do not think anybody would say the elections were rigged. I still stand by it that in Bayelsa, the elections were transparent, free and fair.”
Governor Diri, however, noted that the November 11 governorship election in the state would be the real acid test for the security agencies and urged them to maintain their good performance, noted in a statement by Daniel Alabrah, Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor.