…AS DICKSON REINSTATES 131 POLITICAL APPOINTEES, CIVIL SERVANTS WHO LOST PRIMARIES
Political appointees in Bayelsa State have pledged unflinching loyalty and commitment to the Governor Henry Seriake Dickson for exemplary display of leadership and character.
The aspirants were unanimous in their position that the last primaries of the Peoples Democracy Party in Bayelsa was transparently carried out in line with the principle of fairness under the leadership of the Governor.
The aspirants who lost the recent primaries of the party said that none of them headed for the law courts after the primaries but opted to support the party because a level playing ground was provided for the contest for the party’s tickets for various elective positions.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, said that the former aspirants gave them assurance during a meeting they had with Governor Dickson and the party’s leadership in Yenagoa on Saturday.
The Governor of Bayelsa State, the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, announced the reinstatement of the positions of 131 political appointees and civil servants who resigned their positions to contest the primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party and lost.
Governor Dickson also directed the payment of the salaries and other allowances the aspirants lost during the period to them.
However, the Governor said that the civil servants who were graciously reinstated would commence receiving salaries from the date of resumption in line with the civil service reforms introduced by his administration.
The Governor said that he was happy with the decision of all the aspirants who lost in the PDP primaries to remain in the party without a single court case.
He described the aspirants of the PDP as the most loyal and dedicated members of the party for their commendable position even after failing to pick the party’s ticket for their respective positions.
He said, “You did not go to other parties not because you couldn’t. I know that the candidates from the other parties cannot match you but have stayed back. In fact you are the most loyal members of this party that I know. Loyalty must be tested and proven.
“I appreciate sincerely, your sacrifices and loyalty. No human event can be perfect, if you are steadfast and you stay in a party, what comes around goes around.
“There is nobody here that has not held party ticket or government appointment before. So your attitude is commendable.
“All of you who were holding appointive positions in the government who did not make it are returned to their positions.
“I hereby direct the Chief of Staff to direct the treasury to pay them the months they lost. They should be fully restored to the pre election period.
“Also, a few of you resign from the civil service. Because it has not taken long, I will approve your return back to the service.
“In line with the reforms, your salaries would start from the date of your return. You are paid on,y for the date you worked.”
The Governor directed the state Chairman of the party, Mr. Moses Cleopas, to involve all the aspirants who lost primaries in the electoral campaigns.
Speaking earlier, the State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Moses Cleopas, commended party members and aspirants for the unity after the primaries.
Cleopas who said that there was no subsisting litigation after the primaries commended the aspirants for the decision to remain and work for the party.
One of the aspirants, and former President of the Ijaw Youth Council, Comrade Udengs Eradiri, who contested the position of Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma Federal House of Representatives seat, assured Governor Dickson and the party that they would work hard to deliver the party both at the state and national levels.
Comrade Eradiri particularly lauded Governor Dickson for his prowess at reconciliation efforts within the party both at the state and national levels, which he noted has made the PDP an indivisible and cohesive party.
Also in their various responses, Mr. Ebitei Robert from Azuzuama community in Southern Ijaw local Government area, Mr. Michael Ogbolosingha, representing Yenagoa Constituency 3, former chairperson of Brass local Government area, Mrs Helen Bob and a representative in Ekeremor local government area, Mr Esomu Disegha promised to mobilize support towards achieving success for the party at all levels in the forthcoming general elections.