As the slated date for collection of expression of interest and nomination forms ahead of the November 16 governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) enters the third week, three aspirants were at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja on Thursday to pick their forms.
Two aspirants from Kogi state, Aminu Abubakar Suleiman and Senator Dino Melaye and Timi Alaibe from Bayelsa state collected their forms after paying the mandatory fees of N21 million each.
Timi Alaibe told journalists after picking his forms that he will address the fundamental issues responsible for youth restiveness and create an enabling environment for job creation in Bayelsa state.
He said he was clear as to what he wants to do if he has the mandate of the people as he has expressed confidence that the PDP will retain Bayelsa state, adding that as governor, he would consolidate on the good works that the incumbent Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson has done so far in the state.
Alaibe said that he will consolidate on the fortunes of the Dickson administration, assuring that he will ensure that infrastructure, education, healthcare and security are given critical considerations.
“We are going to consolidate on his achievements, especially his work in areas of critical infrastructure in the education sector, health and other critical infrastructural projects,” he said.
Also, Senator Dino Melaye, after collecting his nomination/expression of interest forms, said he is in the race to kick- start another historic journey to liberate Kogi state from economic cankerworm and financial scavengers.
He said his intention to run for the Kogi state governorship poll is not solely his, but is borne out of the agitation, clarion call and passion from people of the state because of the dire need to recover the state which has been completely battered, shattered and destroyed.
“Today, the magnitude and intensity of killings in Kogi state surpasses any other time in the history of our state. The insecurity in the state we have never experienced such. Unemployment is on the high side. Retrenchment, sack and non -payment of salaries and pension is now a tradition in Kogi state.
“The economy and the economic activities in Kogi state have completely depleted. I have heard the loud cry from the Almighty and he said who do I send and I said, send me.”
Melaye promised to bring back hope to the people of the state and to bring back unity among the various tribes, and ethnic groups in the state.
Another aspirants from Kogi state, Aminu Sulieman said the state is in dire need of change of good leadership having undergone in the last three and half years, deterioration in all sectors.
He said that “it is a well known fact that today in Nigeria, Kogi state civil servants have been turned to beggars, simply because their hard earned money does not go to them.
“The story about insecurity is unfortunate; if you are passing through the state you’ll be afraid of kidnapping or bandits. Similarly, for those who are residing in the state they sleep with their eyes closed.”
Justifying the capability of any governor of the state to pay the N30, 000 minimum wage, Suleiman said Kogi at the moment generates almost N1billion as internal revenue per month, plus an average of N3.5 billion from the federation account.
He argued that with the number of civil servants, the state should be able to pay the minimum of 30, 000.