A Former Senator, John Brambaifa from Bayelsa State has accused Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of failing the people of the State in the last 4 years he had presided over the affairs of the State.
Brambaifa spoke at the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, APC Monday when he led a group of Bayelsa people to purchase the expression of interest and governorship for the former Managing Director Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Timi Alaibe.
The former Senator who was reacting to a statement credited to the governor that former members of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP who jilted the party for APC were opportunists and hungry politicians.
According to Brambaifa, the governor was entitled to his own opinion but does not deserve a second term as he has not met the expectations of the people.
Submitting that Alaibe as a former NNDC boss controlled over 5 states under him, the former senator stated that given a free and fair contest, Alaibe would beat Dickson in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
He further said that what I formed their choice of Alaibe for the governorship of the state was his track record in NDDC.
He said: “Dickson is not a candidate of APC and he has right to his opinion, but I want to assure you there is nobody including Dickson himself that can stand the APC candidate Alaibe, there is nobody in APC or anywhere else in an election in Bayelsa state. So, whatever he is saying that is his own personal opinion and that is a political statement.
“We have decided to buy the form for him and present him to our people as the most favourable candidate because he will be the best to take the mantle of leaderahip in Bayelsa.”
On the chances of Alaibe who joined the party recently, he said “the APC guidelines does not stop anybody who is a member of the party from contesting an election. Even if you joined yesterday, you have the same right to contest the election as somebody who joined two years ago.
“Don’t forget that Alaibe has a track record of achievement when he was in NDDC. At that time, he managed nine states. I don’t think one state will be a problem for him. So, we are confident that he stands the best chance to pick the APC ticket and win the election scheduled for December 5″.
He expressed hope that the September 19 APC primary election would be free and fair.
Presenting the form to the group earlier in his office, the National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso said Alaibe would be the 10th person to pick up the nomination form so far.
He also appealed to the people to ensure that a friendly atmosphere prevailed during the primary election.