Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa
Stakeholders and leaders of Ogbia have endorsed the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in the forthcoming presidential election to reciprocate the magnanimity of the PDP and the country to the area.
The forum of Ogbia political leaders from Constituency 1, former President Goodluck Jonathan’s constituency, also resolved to endorse the senatorial candidate of the PDP, Chief Blessing Izagara, His House of Reps counterpart, Mr. Azibapu Fred Obua.
The Commissioner for Information, Hon. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, quoted the stakeholders to have made the endorsement during the meeting presided over by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson at the Bayelsa Government House on Wednesday.
Iworiso-Markson who is a political leader from the area said that the Ogbia people perceived the election as the right opportunity to show gratitude to the People’s Democratic Party and even the Nigerian federation.
He stressed that the PDP demonstrated unforgettable magnanimity to the Ogbia people by giving the opportunity to indigenes of the area to occupy prominent positions at the national level.
According to him, the PDP gave an Ogbia son in the person of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, an opportunity to become deputy governor, governor, vice president, and them president.
It was further stated that the PDP also gave an opportunity to a son of the area, Chief Emmanuel Ogidi, to serve the party as the South-South chairman of the party and Chief Melford Okilo as a senator.
In his remarks, Chief Ogidi, commended the people for their expression of gratitude to the party which he serves now as the national vice chairman, South-South.
He stressed that it was now the turn of Ogbia to demonstrate to the PDP and indeed Nigeria that they are truly grateful for the opportunity given to former President Jonathan to occupy the exalted office of the president
He said: “We should be grateful that Nigeria decided that our own son should be president. It is now the turn of Ogbia to show gratitude to the party that provided the platform and indeed the Nigerian nation.”
In his remarks, the governor who presided at the meeting, commended the Ogbia delegation for their display of the high sense of morality to appreciate the magnanimity of the PDP to the constituency.
The governor also commended the people for their resolution to vote only the PDP candidates against non-flag bearers of the party in the elections.
The governor said that he was impressed that the Ogbia stakeholders placed emphasis on the supremacy of the interest of the party.