…. Again, Bayelsa Gov Cautions Traditional Rulers Against Partisanship
Monarchs in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have conferred chieftaincy titles on Governor Douye Diri and the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewrudjakpor.
Governor Diri was conferred the title “Olotu Kpekpe 1” (the one and only champion) of Kolokuma/Opokuma while his deputy received the title “Kuro Okpo 1” (Strong one) of Kolokuma/Opokuma.
The conferment ceremony took place at the palace of the Ibedaowei of Kolokuma Kingdom, King Mozi Agara, in Kaiama as Governor Diri rounded off his re-election campaign in Constituency 1 of the local government area on Saturday.
Speaking on behalf of the KOLGA Council of Chiefs, King Agara, who is the chairman, described the duo as blessings to the people of the area and that they have felt the positive impact of their leadership.
The monarchs prayed and wished the governor and his deputy well as they went into the governorship election on November 11.
Responding, Governor Diri expressed appreciation to the monarchs for the honour and promised that they would be good ambassadors of the kingdom.
A statement on Sunday signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor/Member, of the Publicity Directorate, Bayelsa PDP Governorship Campaign Council, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said that he
He restated his call on traditional rulers to guard against partisan utterances or getting involved in partisan politics, urging them to operate within extant laws.
Speaking at rallies in Odi, Opokuma, and Sabagreia, Diri said he was not in Kolokuma /Opokuma to campaign but to thank his people for their support over the years and expressed confidence that on November 11, they will vote overwhelmingly for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He equally implored the people of the area to maintain the peace before, during, and after the election and assured them of more developmental projects.
His words: “We are not in Kolokuma/Opokuma to campaign. We came to greet our people and spend time with them.
“We thank you for your support over the years and we promise not to let you down. We are also confident that you will continue to support us.
“For our traditional rulers, I have been saying it that the traditional institution must not be involved in politics. You can receive and pray for anybody but you should not go beyond that. Traditional rulers should not be partisan.”
In his remarks, the Director-General of the PDP Governorship Campaign Council, Dr. Mitema Obodor, said that any vote cast for the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election would be invalid as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had delisted the party following a court ruling that disqualified its governorship candidate.
At Opokuma, a member representing Kolokuma/Opokuma Constituency 2 in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Wisdom Fafi, assured of the people’s support in the election, saying the governor had done so much in the local government area and that the people will not vote against their own son that is performing well.
At Odi, a former Speaker of the House Of Assembly, Dr. Tonye Isenah as well as the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Moses Teibowei, said the people came out to thank the governor for his administration’s projects in the community, which included internal road, solar-powered street lights and the shore protection project that saved the people from flooding this year.
He assured him of 100 percent votes during the election.
At Kaiama, chairman of the caretaker committee of KOLGA, Inemo Oruebimiekumo, said the carnival-like atmosphere was a testament to the governor’s acceptance by his own people, assuring that the area will deliver bloc votes for PDP during the November 11 poll.
Governor Diri inaugurated several projects in the area, including a landing jetty, a town hall at Opokuma and a National Youth Service Corps members lodge at Sabagreia as well as completed internal roads in Odi.
At Sampou community, Diri unveiled the Government Technical Collage as well as completed internal roads.
Also in Sampou, the council of chiefs led by the paramount ruler of the community, Chief F.C.O Usikoromugha, prayed for the governor and his deputy ahead of the election.