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Governor Diri praises predecessor Dickson, denies ‘godfather’ label

Bayelsa State Governor Emphasizes Unity and Cordial Relations

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In a demonstration of camaraderie and unity, Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has lauded the conduct of his predecessor, Senator Seriake Dickson, rejecting any characterization of the former governor as a political godfather. Governor Diri emphasized the harmonious nature of their relationship during his Christmas visit to Senator Dickson’s hometown in Toru-Orua, Sagbama Local Government Area of the state.

Governor Diri expressed gratitude for Senator Dickson’s continued support since leaving office in 2020, highlighting the absence of overbearing influence and the collaborative effort in contributing to the peace and development of the state. The governor, quoting his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, stressed the significance of unity among leaders and the people of Bayelsa in propelling the state towards greater achievements.

The governor recalled their longstanding association from their days in the Ijaw National Congress (INC) and as commissioners during the Dr. Goodluck Jonathan administration in the state. He conveyed optimism about the enduring strength of their bond. Diri acknowledged Senator Dickson’s role in his emergence as a successor and the support rendered during the November 11 governorship election.

During the visit, Governor Diri outlined the challenges faced in the initial year of his administration and expressed appreciation for the continued tradition of the Christmas visit, initiated three years ago. He noted the refreshing nature of the annual gathering, emphasizing the unique narrative of successors and predecessors in Bayelsa.

Governor Diri extended his thanks to the people of Bayelsa for maintaining peace in the state and urged forgiveness from those they might have offended. Senator Dickson, in response, commended Governor Diri for sustaining the visit tradition, characterizing it as a symbol of brotherliness, love, and peace. He encouraged the people to embrace a similar spirit of togetherness for the state’s progress.

Senator Dickson congratulated Governor Diri on his electoral victory and commended his achievements in office, expressing confidence in his ability to accomplish even more during his second term. The former governor acknowledged the stability and progress the state has experienced, attributing it to maturity and brotherly relations. Senator Dickson proposed the continuation of the visit tradition, highlighting its positive impact on the state’s political landscape.

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