Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State is seeking the support of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the last election, David Lyon, and other opposition parties to join hands with him in building the state.
Speaking during a thanksgiving service today at the Gloryland Chapel, Government House, Governor Diri, declared that he would run an all-inclusive government, hence the need for the cooperation and support of all leaders of the state including former President Goodluck Jonathan.
“I will be governor of all, be it PDP, APC and others. We must remain united and ensure peace in our land. That is the only time we can be talking of development. Let us work together,” he said.
Diri said his priority is to bring development to every part of Bayelsa State and that he is willing to consider even members of the opposition parties for appointments while warning against crime and criminality.
“Our administration will not condone crimes and criminalities. No development can take place in the atmosphere devoid of peace,” he stated.
In his sermon, the guest preacher, Zilly Aggrey of Royal House of Grace International, said no man should take the glory for the declaration of Governor Diri by the Supreme court.
Aggrey warned against frivolities in governance and that the governor should be wary of bootlickers, sycophants and praise singers who would run down other people for personal gains.
He noted that Bayelsa is too rich in resources to be poor and urged the governor to initiate projects that will have direct bearing on the people.
“Every community in Bayelsa should have good water to drink. You should work with the Koreans, Chinese, Germans and other good nations to bring development. Our youths need jobs”, Aggrey said.
He called on the people of Bayelsa State to continue to pray for the governor and his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo to provide them effective leadership.
Dignitaries present include first military governor of old Rivers State, Alfred Diette-Spiff, Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Monday Bubou-Obolo, Chief Judge of Bayelsa state, Kate Abiri, state PDP chairman, Moses Cleopas, members of the National Assembly, other senior citizens, and party loyalists.