Traditional rulers representing the four constituencies of the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area in Bayelsa State have voiced their unwavering support for Governor Douye Diri as their preferred candidate in the upcoming November 11 governorship election.
The decision to endorse Governor Diri was grounded in his evident dedication to advancing development within Southern Ijaw and his ongoing efforts to bring about progress in the region.
While inspecting the Yenagoa-Oporoma road project, the paramount ruler of the Enewari community and chairman of the Southern Ijaw Paramount Rulers Council, Chief Job Dairus, conveyed the collective sentiment of the traditional rulers. He emphasized that the people of Southern Ijaw were deeply appreciative of Governor Diri’s commitment to the area’s development, particularly in relation to the road project, which has made significant strides toward completion.
Chief Dairus hailed the road project as a monumental endeavor and commended Governor Diri’s resolve to proceed with its construction despite the fact that the project had remained on the drawing board for over six decades.
In his words, Chief Dairus stated, “Speaker after speaker has praised the governor, and the reason is simple. With Constituency 1-4 having spoken, the Southern Ijaw Traditional Rulers have passed a vote of confidence in Senator Douye Diri. We thank all those who have supported this project, from paramount rulers to government officials. I think everybody wants the progress of Southern Ijaw. This vote of confidence is for him to continue his good work and for the road to reach other communities he has promised.”
Dr. Koko Sample, the council spokesman, echoed these sentiments, expressing astonishment at the impressive progress made on the Yenagoa-Oporoma road. He underlined that it serves as undeniable evidence of Governor Diri’s unwavering commitment to the region’s development. Contrary to misinformation, Dr. Sample affirmed that the road project was proceeding smoothly and that local government headquarters, Oporoma, and other communities would soon be accessible to vehicles.
Numerous other traditional rulers representing different constituencies joined in praising Governor Diri for his dedication to Southern Ijaw’s advancement.
Prominent Southern Ijaw leaders, including Dr. Konbowei Benson, the senator representing Bayelsa Central; Talford Ongolo, former Chief of Staff, Government House; Chief Douyi Douglas-Naingba, a former Commissioner for Works and one-time Acting President of the Ijaw National Congress; Charles Ambaiowei, as well as Ebipatei Apaingolo, a former Commissioner for Environment, were also present during the inspection of the road project.
As the November governorship election approaches, Governor Douye Diri continues to garner support from key stakeholders and traditional leaders in Southern Ijaw, who appreciate his commitment to the region’s development and infrastructure projects.