Nathan Tamarapreye, Yenagoa
The Bayelsa Development Initiative (BDI) has appealed to the electorate to listen to the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi and demand competence.
BDI, urged the people to do so by voting out incompetent politicians in the forthcoming Nov. 11 governorship election.
BDI recalled that Obi was in the state recently to inaugurate the campaign office of the LP’s Governorship Candidate, Udengs Eradiri and to hold a town hall meeting.
According to BDI,Obi had lamented the underdevelopment in the state saying that Bayelsa is the second poorest state in the country after Zamfara State.
BDI in a statement on Sunday by its Secretary Michael-Sam Rodamini, noted that Obi was emphatic when he said with the wealth that had accrued to Bayelsa, the state had no business with poverty.
Rodamini recalled that Obi classified Eradiri among the wealth creators and advised the people to vote for “wealth creators and not wealth sharers” adding that there was nothing left to be shared again.
He said: “The questions are, who underdeveloped Bayelsa? Who stole the commonwealth of the people? The answer is not far-fetched.
“From 1999 till date, those who have been kneeling on the progress of Bayelsa and suffocating the state’s capacity to breath the refreshing air of development are in both All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“Most of the so-called political leaders in these two parties are wealth sharers according to Peter Obi.
“They have shared the wealth of this great state among themselves so much that there is nothing left to be shared again. They have shared the destinies of our children,” the statement read in part.
The group regretted that past leaders squandered, diverted all the monies meant for healthcare, quality education and quality infrastructures.
“They are back again to continue in the business of profligacy and plundering of our commonwealth.
“We recalled that the LP Candidate, Udengs Eradiri, told the people on that day Obi visited that it was time we rose to challenge these people.
“Yes. We need to challenge them to protect the future of our children because all they care about is their comfort and that of their children.
“If we love this state this coming election provides an opportunity to rescue Bayelsa and revive the dreams of the state’s founding fathers”, BDI ssid.
Rodamini insisted that Eradiri had proved himself to be the credible alternative needed by the people to rescue Bayelsa and put the state on the pathway of progress and development.
He said: “The coming of Obi and the presentation of the LP flag to Candidate Eradiri have quelled all the insinuations and doubts about his candidature and his seriousness towards the poll.
“The events have also proved that he has a clear agenda to develop Bayelsa.
“We have perused his PEAP agenda and we are satisfied that candidate Eradiri stands poles apart from what those other parties are offering.
“He has a clear vision of what to do and how to deliver this state from the shackles of underdevelopment and poverty”.