Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo has identified the unending political bickerings and pull him down syndrome as the bane for the progress and development of the state.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Doubara Atasi, was quoted to have said this over the weekend when staff of the Deputy Governor’s Office and other well wishers ambushed him with a birthday bash at his Lodge in Government House, Yenagoa.
The Deputy Governor noted that Bayelsa has not attained its rightful place in terms of development from its creation to the present due to lack of cooperation and baseless shenanigans among critical stakeholders.
He regretted that the state has been embroiled in unnecessary infightings and litigations right from the days of military rule through the Chief Diepriye Alamieyeseigha administration to the present Governor Douye Diri-led prosperity government.
According to Senator Ewhrudjakpo, the state is blessed with so much potential to prosper, and therefore called on the people to close ranks to work with every government to expand the frontiers of development.
The Deputy Governor who noted that he usually observes his birthdays with those he described as special people in hospitals and motherless baby homes, expressed gratitude to all who identified with him.
He particularly thanked the State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Mr Solomon Agwanana, elderstatesman, Chief Thompson Okorotie, the Speaker and members of the state House of Assembly for their show of love and solidarity.
His words, “Our state is in dire need of this kind of solidarity and love because what keeps a people together is love and not the ‘pull-him-down-syndrome’ and sheer shenanigans that are baseless and not intended to make progress.
‘The unnecessary fights and litigations explain why Bayelsa has not attained its rightful place in terms of development and statehood. Right from its creation till now, maybe, apart from the military rule, the state has been experiencing one fight or the other.
“But everything that has a beginning ought to have an end. We can’t afford to be continually noted or popular for the wrong things such as pulling each other down. Those who pull themselves down are notorious, while those who build or foster together are popular.
“So I want to use this opportunity of my birthday to again encourage Bayelsans that it is time to build and not a period to destroy. Let’s all sheathe our swords because we have one state.”
Speaking at the brief ceremony, the Deputy Chief of Staff, Deputy Governor’s Office, Barrister Alex Dumbo, described the celebrant as a great but unassuming leader that keeps impacting lives positively wherever he finds himself.
In separate interviews, the state Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Mr Solomon Agwanana and Chairman of the Bayelsa West PDP Caucus, Chief Thompson Okorotie, described Senator Ewhrudjakpo as a proactive, resourceful and intellectually deep politician.
They also called on people of the state to rally round Governor Diri and the deputy governor to enable them translate their vision for the state to reality for the good of all.
In its part, the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC, represented by the General Manager, South-South and South-East, Mr Vincent Ho, wished the celebrant wonderful moments ahead.
Highpoint of the celebration was cutting of the birthday cake as well as special prayers for the Deputy Governor and his family.