The Labour Party candidate for the Bayelsa State governorship election, Udengs Eradiri, has expressed confidence that he will emerge victorious at the polls scheduled for November 11, 2023.
Eradiri, a former president of the Ijaw Youth Council, stated this while briefing journalists on his development agenda for the state at his campaign secretariat in Yenagoa on Thursday.
He boasted that he was sure of electoral victory because the ruling Peoples Democratic Party had allegedly created the conditions for the electorate to choose his candidature as the alternative for a better Bayelsa, stressing that poverty was widespread in the state and businesses were leaving Yenagoa to other places due to alleged poor governance.
Eradiri, who served as commissioner for youth and later redeployed to the ministry of the environment under the administration of former governor and now Senator Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa West, stated that he would anchor his development agenda on ‘People, Education, Agriculture and Power’.
He said he has the capacity and competence to govern and provide leadership for the development of the state, having garnered experience as an Ijaw youth leader and in public service with his last appointment as a special assistant on youth and sports under the immediate-past interim management of the Niger Delta Development Commission.
He further stated that his aspiration and development blueprint for the state was the liberation that the people had been waiting for, adding that he had been contributing to the state’s development as an active private-sector player, employer of labour and taxpayer.
The LP standard bearer, who hails from Bayelsa Central as the second term-seeking governor Douye Diri of the PDP, said, “I believe that as a young man who has gone through the process of learning, it is time I shouldn’t be complaining but take action.
“My PEAP (People, Education, Agriculture and Power) agenda will be propagated around every structure of leadership. We are going to run a pyramid system of government in Bayelsa State where local governments and communities understand the PEAP agenda.
“And let me tell you, we are going to win this election. We are going to win this election because the poverty in Bayelsa is naked for everybody to see.
“I don’t have the money they have. In any case, I’m not even afraid of the money, it’s my money, our money that they are bringing. It’s your schools, it’s your economy, it’s your agriculture they are going to be bringing. They are gathering it to come and buy people for four hours.
“If the people say they don’t want me, I’m not desperate to be governor. I will go and face my work. But young people must get up, it is you that are graduating and there is no job, it is our mothers that have nothing to do anymore, and businesses are leaving the state because it’s no longer conducive for them to stay. This is the liberation that Bayelsans have been waiting for.”
Culled from Punch Newspapers