2019 MAY TURN REFREDUM ON RESTRUCTURE SAYS DICKSON
Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, on Wednesday said the 2019 general election would be a referendum on restructuring, adding that only aspirants who believe in restructuring would get the support of the Ijaw nation.
The governor said he would intensify consultations on restructuring, true federalism and devolution of powers with the view to reaching a consensus for a restructured Nigeria.
Dickson spoke when a high-powered delegation led by former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, paid him a courtesy call at Government House in Yenagoa.
The governor said there was no going back on his call for restructuring, and pledged to take his consultations to all parts of the country until Nigeria achieves a true federal structure.
He said the people of the Ijaw from Ondo, Edo, Delta, Rivers to Akwa Ibom States had been fully mobilised and conscientious on the importance of the 2019 general election and what it portends for restructuring.
Dickson also called on well-meaning Nigerians to protect democracy and reject a one-party system because according to him, it breeds dictatorship.
He enjoined members of the PDP to work closely to make the party more cohesive and virile.
Describing Atiku as one of the most consistent political voices for the quest for a new Nigeria, Dickson promised that Bayelsa would remain a PDP state that would fly the party’s flag at all times.
He said: “In furtherance of the sacred mandate of our people, several leaders and personalities, even across the political divide are united on the need to restructure this country and return it to fiscal federalism. Few weeks ago, I had a rare interaction with the president where I clearly conveyed the message for the need for a restructured Nigeria.
“I want to say that in the days and months ahead, I, my brothers and sisters you see here, and our leaders have resolved to carry this message to every nook and cranny of our country. And to let the people know that a restructured Nigeria is in everyone’s interest, and if you want a stable, prosperous, egalitarian and sustainable Nigeria that can survive the next 200, 300 years in peace and in prosperity, then we must re-examine the foundation of our country and make necessary adjustments.
“No nation is perfect, let’s not deceive ourselves that our country is perfect. Every nation is a work in progress. Other countries older than Nigeria have adjusted. Restructuring is a call for adjustments, consultations and consensus building.”
In his remarks, Atiku promised to ensure that the Niger Delta’s yearning for a restructured Nigeria becomes a reality in 2019 when he is voted in as the country’s next president.