YOU WHO SUPPORTED CHANGE IN BAYELSA STATE ARE THE TRUE HEROES OF OUR DEMOCRACY
On behalf of our very dynamic and highly cerebral campaign team members, especially those who supported our aspirations when we vehemently advocated a regime change in Bayelsa State, I wish to thank all you all, who saw our cause as germane and legitimate. We owe a debt of gratitude to members of the Niger Delta Integrity Group, who in spite of very obvious security concerns, found time to support the wind of change and Restoration in Bayelsa State.
The Group covered all major political activities, Ward Congresses, PDP Primaries, the Grand Finale of the flag-off as well as observed the Feb, 11, 2012 Governorship Elections in THREE LGAs of Bayelsa State. Some of the members are credited to be the first to open facebook pages to provide the locomotive for change and RESTORATION. The Media Team of the NDIG also provided adequate coverage and robust, objective reportage of events in Bayelsa State and even beyond.
We wish to place on record that so many people to whom we sold the change-centric ideology bought the vision and ran with it on the crowded facebook pages even before the popularization of KEME2KEME- the Bayelsa version of Neighbour2Neighbour Campaign outfit. For all those who identified with our cause, the Victory of the PDP at the polls is a crystallization of our time-honoured aspirations that in a true democracy, only the will of the people prevails.
We congratulate Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson and his running mate Rear Admiral G.J. Jonah Rtd on their landslide victory at the polls. The huge margin of victory was anticipated because Bayelsans had for the past four years asphyxiated by the suffocated fumes of massive corruption, extra-judicial killings, tantalized hopes, blurred vision and broken promises.
Special thanks to King A.J.Turner – the inspiration and spirit behind the RESTORATION TEAM; Chiefs Timi Alaibe, Fred Agbedi Dr. Mrs. Gesiere Dorgu, Party stalwarts and the several supporters and foot soldiers who trooped to all campaign grounds and lent a voice to the mantra of Change and Restoration. We are grateful to those who provided financial and moral support to break the barriers and obstacles on this tortuous journey to Restoration.
We thank all other political parties especially the sustained efforts of the CHANGE ADVOCACY PARTY, THE ACTION CONGRESS OF NIGERIA AND THE CONGRESS FOR PROGRESSIVE CHANGE who put up a strong showing at the polls. We do hope that the administration that would emerge from the debris of the recent past, shall be all inclusive. We all owe Bayelsa State a duty to insure and secure the future of our children.
Let it be noted that total restoration is a daunting task that requires the active involvement of all stakeholders in the State. In a few days from now, the in-coming administration will roll our short, medium and long term policies and programmes to address much-needed development concerns in all departments of governance. Supporting government policies also involves constructive criticism, proffer useful suggestions and work towards the actualization of government policies and programmes for the greater good of all.
It was Theodore Roosevelt – the 26th US President that said and I quote It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat unquote.
In the final analysis, what is being celebrated as electoral victory today does not belong to those who have fought so hard for RESTORATION; It is a victory for democracy, a victory for women, children and the elderly who will reap the sumptuous fruits of democracy dividends. More importantly, it will strengthen our democracy and our desire to demand accountability from those in power.
If our collective resolve for change is strong; if we are courageous enough to implement policies in the benefit of the people; if we renew our commitment and push for the greater good of all, then verily, Bayelsa State shall OVERCOME those man-made obstacles to transformation and become the Glory of all LANDS that it should be.
God bless Bayelsa State
Feb. 12, 201