Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has urged members of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Sate to put the party first in all things.
The Governor made the call at the PDP Secretariat, Yenagoa where he met with party faithful in line with his promise to spend a day each month to interact with party members.
According to him, no elected member of the party should be seen to be above the party any more noting that the party remains supreme in all cases. Governor Dickson commended the Local Government Area Chairmen of the PDP and their executives for their hard work and urged them to remain focused in the new PDP, which he stated, has come to stay in the State. He equally called on them to learn to work together as a family and support one another as well as extending the same gesture to party leaders in the State.
The Governor noted that the welfare of party members was paramount, stressing that his visit was an avenue to interact with one another and discuss ways of contributing towards State policies and programmes. “Local Government executives are entitled to know about the activities of government and report back to their local government areas and wards”, he remarked.
To this end, Governor Dickson announced that plans are underway for the restoration team to embark on a thank you visit to Bayelsans for the massive support given to the PDP at the last gubernatorial polls in the State.
The State Chief Executive said his administration remains committed to the provision of manpower development, qualitative, free and compulsory education from primary to secondary school level, creation of skills and jobs to the people adding that government will not rest until it delivers on its promise.
He reiterated that as the leader of the party in the State, he and President Goodluck Jonathan, who is the national leader of PDP, will not let the people of the State down.
Earlier in his welcome address, the PDP State Chairman, Col. Sam Inokoba (Rtd) emphasized on party discipline among members in order to move on in the spirit of the restoration agenda of government.
Col. Inokoba commended Governor Seriake Dickson for delivering on his promise to meet monthly with party members at the PDP Secretariat noting that it was an eloquent testimony of his commitment to the restoration agenda.
He also commended the Governor for his deep commitment to infrastructural development in the State with the award of contract for the completion of the three senatorial road projects as well as the steps taken to reposition the State in other key sub-sectors of the economy.
The PDP State Chairman noted that the party is strongly in support of the vision of the present administration while calling on party members to, as a point of duty; sell the lofty programmes of government to the people.
He disclosed that a PDP summit will soon be held in the State, where all stakeholders are expected to play key roles noting the proposed summit will be a platform for interested people to formally join the party and former members who are willing, to return.
The PDP chairman further stated that the proposed summit will help to produce high quality candidates who will stand for future elections and those to receive appointments in government.
He disclosed that his vision as the State Chairman is to see that a befitting Secretariat for the party is constructed in Yenagoa pointing out that the party will organize a fund-raising for the secretariat.
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