The Governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Bayelsa State, Engr. Udengs Eradiri has stated that Governor Douye Diri has no business in seeking a reelection.
Eradiri who made this claim while speaking with newsmen in Yenogoa on Thursday, said it is alarming and disastrous, the ranking of Bayelsa as the second poorest state after Sokoto State in the multidimensional poverty index in Nigeria.
According to him, Bayelsa’s poor rankings in all economic and developmental indices are proof that the Peoples Democratic Party, and Governor Diri, had failed the people of the state.
The LP candidate claimed that PDP and Diri had nothing to campaign with, noting that he could not wrap his head around the poverty in the state despite the small population of Bayelsa and huge revenue allocations from various sources.
He however attributed the woes of Bayelsa to years of cluelessness, incompetence, avarice, profligacy and anti-people policies of the PDP, insisting that the current administration had no idea of how to tackle the issues.
“Why is Governor Douye Diri and the PDP still campaigning for a second term? Data technology company StatiSense recently unveiled the Multidimensional Poverty Index of 2022 report of the National Bureau of Statistics.
“That report exposed the number of people living in multidimensional poverty in the oil-rich Niger Delta states. That report is alarming, and distressing and goes to show the failure of the PDP leadership of Bayelsa since 1999. It shows that the PDP leadership and the current government of Douye Diri diverted and squandered all our commonwealth.
“Bayelsa has the red flag in all developmental indices. It will shock you to know that 2.61 million people out of the 2.9 million people are languishing in abject poverty. This is to say that 88 per cent of our population is extremely poor despite the humongous resources and revenue coming into this state.
“While Sokoto, a desert, occupies the first position, Bayelsa, an oil-rich state is coming second. What other proof do we need to know that the PDP has remained the whirlwind that will not blow this state and our people any good?
“What other evidence do we need as a people to know that this forthcoming election affords us the people an opportunity to kick out Diri and his party? They mean no good for our state and should be given a red card,” he said.