Five political groups in Bayelsa state on Tuesday announced their readiness to prevail on a one time managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC), Timi Alaibe, to join the governorship race in the state, insisting that Alaibe is the most qualified to succeed Governor Seriake Dickson in 2020.
Mr. Timi Alaibe, a Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state, has, in the past, contested the governorship primaries against Late D. S. P Alameiseigha, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan in the PDP between 1999 and 2003.
Alaibe also contested on the platform of the Labour Party (LP) in the aborted 2007 governorship election in the state and contested the cancelled 2016 governorship primaries of the All Progressive congress(APC).
But in the statement issued in Yenagoa, by the five political groups, made up of the Timi Alaibe Youth Vanguard, Advancement Movement, Alaibe Support Group, Committee for the Development of Bayelsa State and Concerned Progressive Youths of Bayelsa, declared that despite past political development, Alaibe is the most experienced and has the wherewithal to pilot the affairs of the state for the benefit of the people, in line with strides already achieved by Governor Seriake Dickson.
The spokesman of the five political groups, Prince Peres Ogbogbo, noted that the giant strides 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 want him to replicate same in Bayelsa state.
The groups boasted that they are ready to purchase the nomination form for him, irrespective of the 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 in the statement 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”