As the political battle for the various seats gather momentum in the country, with political alignments resulting from the gale of defections across party lines, five youth groups in Bayelsa State have thrown their weights behind former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Mr. Ndutimi Alaibe to contest for governorship position in 2019.
The groups in Yenagoa brief newsmen said they are calling on the Opokuma born businessman and politician to throw his hat into the arena to continue with the good works of Governor Seriake Dickson.
The groups which include Timi Alaibe Youth Vanguard, Bayelsa State Advancement Movement, Alaibe Support Group, Committee for the Development of Bayelsa State and Concerned Progressive Youths of Bayelsa State praised the level of transformation in the state, stressing that Timi Alaibe has the wherewithal to pilot the affairs for the benefit of the people, in line with strides already achieved by the countryman governor, Seriake Dickson.
Prince Peres Ogbogbo who spoke on behalf of the groups, noted that the giant stride achieved by Timi Alaibe during his reign in the NDDC and as Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs has not been equaled by his successors and wants him to replicate same in Bayelsa State.
He boasted that they are ready to purchase the nomination form for him, un-minding any political party platform he wishes to contest for the governorship position of the state, adding that they are ready to take the message to the nooks and crannies of the state on their own expenses.
Prince Peres Ogbogbo further explained that the groups opted to synergize their various positions with the aim of ensuring that Timi Alaibe becomes the next governor, noting that the groups have the required structures across the 105 wards of the state that will enable them achieve their target.
According to him, “we have structures across the 105 wards in the state that can give our principal Timi Alaibe the mandate to be the next governor of the state.
“We state without equivocation that we are calling on Timi Alaibe to contest for the governorship position because we trust and we are confident that with his achievements in NDDC and the amnesty office, he has the capacity to move the state forward.
They further enumerated his achievements to include, construction of roads across the Niger Delta, electrification of communities and empowerment of the people.
“The handwritings of Timi Alaibe is all over the Niger Delta and
beyond, Under his tenure in NDDC he constructed roads, electrified communities across the Niger Delta States. It should be noted here that he was the initiator of the amnesty programme that has restored peace in the region and empower our people by building their capacities both in Nigeria and abroad”
Prince Peres Ogbogbo who is Chairman of the frontline Timi Alaibe Support Group specifically called on him to contest on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which he noted is a veritable platform to continue with the developmental strides of Governor Seriake Dickson.
“Timi Alaibe should contest on the platform of PDP because that is the party of our people, so that he will continue with the good works of Seriake Dickson who has the love and passion for the development of the Ijaw nation”