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Diri urges party unity ahead of Bayesla guber poll, promises new IPPs

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Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State in the November 16, 2019 election, Douye Diri, has again urged unity among party members to emerge victorious at the poll.

He urged all those who contested the PDP primaries with him and feel aggrieved to sheath their swords and support him in the party’s collective interest.

Diri, who spoke at an interactive session with journalists in Yenagoa at the Bayelsa State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre, said he has been reaching out to aggrieved members and that most of them have started working with him.

“Out of the 21 of us, I emerged through indirect primaries. Some persons felt aggrieved, but we have been talking with them. Most of the aspirants are now working with us except one or two, who we are also engaging.

“We need to build consensus, we need to build unity within the PDP. I am prepared for this office and I have a lot of experience. This is a PDP state and we are confident that we will win,” he stated.”

On his plans for the state, the PDP candidate said if elected, his administration would build new independent power plants (IPPs) to tackle the power challenge in the state.

“It is on record that the electricity problem in Bayelsa was not caused by the state government. It is simply the failure of the Federal Government and private investors in the sector.

“But I can assure you that we will look inwards and follow the footsteps of the late Melford Okilo to build new IPPs. I know the Restoration Government also made a lot of investment in the existing power plants. We have the gas here, so, we will seize that opportunity,” he added.

He also assured the civil servants of good welfare package and that his administration will not joke with training and retraining to build their capacities.

Diri, who was former Commissioner for Youths and Sports, said he would prioritise sporting activities and build new facilities across the eight local government areas, assuring sports men and women of better days ahead.

“As a commissioner under former President Goodluck Jonathan, the state’s profile rose significantly in sporting activities. We did it then and with even focus on our areas of comparative advantage like wrestling and swimming, we will excel. I have a blueprint for sports development too. We must engage our youths through sports,” he added.


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