Bayelsa State Governor, Dr Seriake Dickson has described his Ekiti counterpart, Mr. Ayodele Fayose as the voice of democracy with whom the PDP governors and the silent majority in Nigeria are well pleased.
Governor Dickson made the assertion while speaking with newsmen after he was conducted round some completed as well as ongoing projects by governor Ayodele Fayose in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday.
Governor Dickson who said he was in Ekiti to show brotherly love and solidarity with governor Fayose on behalf of the good people of Bayelsa State congratulated him on the occasion of his 56th birthday as he prayed for more success for the governor, his family and Ekiti State in general.
Dr Dickson in his comments appreciated Ekiti people for the continous support given the Fayose administration even as he urged them to do more. He said “I want to thank the good people of Ekiti for the wonderful support and solidarity they have continued to show my brother, H.E Governor Ayodele Fayose who clearly is doing a great job in this state, we have every reason by what we have seen and what we have come to know to count you as fortunate to have a governor like him who has the interest of the state and that of the common people at heart inspite of distractions.
“He has taken me round a number of high profile projects, we have looked at the new governor’s office under construction, we have looked at the high court under construction, we have seen the wonderful flyover which is one of a kind in the entire country, probably the longest in Nigeria by the time it is completed and I can’t stop thanking him for the job he’s doing. We have also seen the new market where we are, I have also seen many other projects completed that are already in use and with all these, we have every course in this state to thank God and also to thank the good and wonderful people of Ekiti State whose cooperation, support, understanding and solidarity has made it possible for my brother whom we respect and love so much in the governor’s forum to be able to concentrate in putting these on ground. All we can say is that with more resources, support and understanding, more dividends of democracy will come the way of Ekiti people”.
Commending Mr. Fayose for his characteristic leadership acumen, Dr Dickson has this to say; “I don’t want to end this statement without commending my brother who has been doing a great job, speaking for the oppressed in our nation, sounding the clarion call and cautioning threats that have been made to our democracy. People prefer to refer to him as the unofficial opposition leader, but I think he has come to represent more than that, he is a great party leader, we are pleased with him, we want to salute him for all he has been doing for our party and for giving the party a voice when that voice needs to be heard and all the silent majority in our nation and not just in our party are also with him.
“We want democracy protected, we want the right of everybody respected, we want the rights of states and all other organs respected and we don’t want power personalised in our country anymore because that is dictatorship. We have a constitutional democracy and individuals are at liberty to speak, the judiciary must be respected and treated as an equal partner, the media must be respected and not intimidated, nobody in Nigeria should be intimidated, that is not the democracy we fought for.
“Our belief as a democratic party, a party that nurtured our nascent democracy in the country for 16 uninterrupted years and even when the last presidential election didn’t go our way, our democratic credentials were on display, we didn’t trample on rights of the opposition members. Our party accepted the loss even though it was very painful and some even say the situation was questionable but in the larger interest of democracy and our country, we took it in good faith and that is the course that governor Fayose has been championing and I want to salute him for his courage.
“I salute him for being a voice for democracy, for being a voice for our party. I want to once again thank all the good people of Ekiti State for the solidarity that you have continued to show with him and I want to urge you to continue even as we move forward because it is not over until it is over”.