By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral Jonan John, rtd,, the Secretary to the State Government and the Chief of Staff to the Governor yesterday stormed the PDP headquarters in Abuja to collect nomination and expression of interest forms.
The governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States are billed to hold on Saturday, November 16 this year.The three aspirants all belong to the “restoration family “ group, headed by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of the state.
The Deputy Governor, after collecting his forms, told journalists that his years of tutelage in the restoration family, experience, passion for service and desire for infrastructural development places him above other aspirants for the Bayelsa government house come November 16.
Jonah promised that he would consolidate on the gains already recorded by the Governor Dickson and that will not bring any radical departure from the policies of the restoration administration which he is part of.
The Deputy Governor, who was accompanied by a large turnout of party supports, stated that his relationship with the governor has remained cordial because as a ex-military officer, he was aware that there is only one captain at each time.
He said that he remained subservient and loyal to governor.He said, “The main driving force is passion for service, a very great passion for service in delivering development for our people and where necessary stand and speak for our people”.
Jonah however debunked the allegation of crack in the restoration family just as he disagreed that some external forces were sponsoring candidates in the restoration family to create rancour among members.
According to him, “There is no crack, if there is anything there is cohesion within the restoration family. People were expecting that by this time the governor will bring one candidate and say this is my candidate, and in fact they are speculating that others would not be allowed to show interest and they will be forced to just withdraw.
“That could have brought cracks, but in the thinking of the administration collectively and we have to note that it is not just the governor, we felt that those that have interest and with capacity to administer the state should show interest and we proceed from there.
“Secondly if somebody is sponsoring from outside to destabilize the cohesion within the restoration administration I don’t think those of us are aware of that. That hasn’t come to our notice. We have a way of resolving differences within the restoration administration in-house, that is very very unlikely.
“But know that we must have different ways of solving the situation.
Certainly you don’t expect everybody to be happy even if we are brothers, we may have separate ambition and we have different ways to go about it but for now that isn’t to my knowledge”.
He said that he was not expecting the governor to handover to him unilaterally stressing that his endorsement will come from Bayelsans.
He added, “Governor Dickson will not hand over to me, things will happen.
It is not a book that someone will say I have handed over this book to you, no. That is why we are here. If it is as simple as that, we wouldn’t be here and we will go for primary’s. “If it pleases God that it is my turn, I have the capacity to carry out this functions, I have the passion for it and I have the experience for it and luckily for me, I have the opportunity to understudy somebody.
“So I think, if it pleases the people of Bayelsa, it is Bayelsans that will decide and if given the responsibility I am very prepared for that job”.
On his relationship with the governor, he responded: “As a military man, you have only one command at a time. There is no ship that will have two captains but some deputy governors may not know that by virtue of their upbringing and training.
“I have done the work of deputy several times before coming to this state and I know how my deputies reacted to me and that is the conduct I brought to this place and that is why you have not heard of any friction. If you don’t want to be a deputy then you leave”.
He said that he will consolidate on the gains of the Dickson administration if elected.
“I will not do something different but there must be a way of fine tuning thing here and there because however perfect you think you are there are something to be done.
“If you love the state you will not change the vision, we will develop infrastructure. We have set all the basic foundation there, all we will do is to start building from there”.
The SSG, Barr. Kemela Okara and Chief of Staff, Mr Talford Ongolo also promised to consolidate on the achievement of Governor Dickson if they are elected to succeed the governor.