by Chris Mark
The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party in the last presidential election, His Excellency, Peter Obi has called on the people of Bayelsa State to vote for the candidate of the Labour Party, Engr. Udengs Eradiri.
Obi, who stated this at the unveiling of the agenda of Engr Udengs Eradiri, the Labour Party Candidate to the People of Bayelsa State on Tuesday, September 19, in Yenagoa. He said he made the call so the State can move from consumption level to production.
The Labour Party Candidate in the last presidential election, who was worried with the sorry state of Bayelsa said after several years that oil was first found in Bayelsa state, surprisingly, the state is the second highest poverty ridden among States in Nigeria.
According to Obi, Bayelsa is not supposed to be the second least state, noting that after Sokoto with the highest poverty level that stood at 90.6% Bayelsa is the second at 88.5% .
While calling on the people especially the youths not to jeopardize their future for monies stolen by desperate politicians that do not mean well for them and their children, urged the people to always verify what politicians do say to avoid dubious leaders.
“We must not allow our country to be run the way is been run today it has been criminalize and been run by criminals and that’s why the poverty rate in Bayelsa is very alarming,hence the need to vote Engr Udengs Eradiri so we can together build this state from consumption to production.
“I drove from Port Harcourt down to Yenagoa,the only thing I see is poverty,I can’t believe You can come to this state an oil rich state where oil was first found and the people still leave in abject poverty that’s an indication that Nigeria has failed the people of Niger Delta and Bayelsians.Several years later you cannot drive on good roads,even if we are doing one kilometer a year by now we would have completed it all.
“One of the problems In Nigeria is that we do not verify, we have all this year’s rely on fake promises of politicians,hence we need to verify to avoid electing leaders that do not mean well for us,If you don’t know where you’re coming from,you will not know where you’re going to
He berated the opponents for giving monies stolen from the people to buy votes but labour party he said is not in the business of sharing money because the party don’t have money stolen rather with the intention to govern the state with all sense of sincerity.
“Those who are given you money are actually given you your money, we don’t have money so we don’t have anything to give you. I want to urge especially the youths to get it right this time and not to mind those that will give them monies that belongs to their future and children which they have stolen to put everyone in poverty, the future belongs to the youths.”He opined.
While unveiling his blue print,Engr Udengs Eradiri centered his campaign agenda on what he tagged as the “PEAP” People, Education, Agriculture and Power
Eradiri,while elaborating on the “PEAP” agenda said it is his time to govern the state haven gone through the process of learning as well see the backwardness of the state he has decided to take Bayelsians to a greater height.
The governorship hopefull who is also a one time Ijaw Youth Congress (IYC) president stressed that inspite of the trillions the state have received from allocations yet there’s nothing to show for it, hence attributed the many challenges confronting the state as lack of competent leadership.
He decried the level of development and backwardness of the state, adding that states created the same day with Bayelsa that don’t even receive one tent of what Bayelsa is receiving are far better than Bayelsa state.
He maintained that the first P and the priority agenda of his leadership is people oriented, noting that getting Bayelsa back on track will reenergize and make the people to realize that it’s their contributions that will lead to a better society.
He also talked of revamping the Education sector and making their welfare package as a key which will be enviable by other sectors,while hinting on the need of training and retraining of teachers, employment of teachers,upgrade of institutions facilities and conducive environment for accomodations for lecturers and also for learning.
He also promised to stimulate the economy of Bayelsa through Agriculture by using the microfinance bank to support small businesses to the tune of 1bilion every month,invest in sugarcane production, fisheries,Rice production and invest in the right chanel that will create wealth to boost the state economy.
He further mentioned that he will deal with the epileptic power situation in the state by investing in power with the procurement of more megawatts .