President Bola Tinubu said on Wednesday that the Niger Delta will witness monumental development at the grand finale of the All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial rally in Bayelsa State ahead of Saturday’s election.
Chronicle NG reports that Timipre Sylva, the immediate former minister of state for petroleum resources and Bayelsa gubernatorial candidate for the APC, previously served as governor of Bayelsa State from 2007 to 2012.
Stanley Nkwocha, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media Communications, Office of the Vice President, said this in a statement.
The statement said, “Vice President Kashim Shettima, on Wednesday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, reiterated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s commitment towards the overall development of the Niger Delta as well as other parts of the country.
Senator Shettima, who represented President Tinubu at the grand finale of the All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial rally in Bayelsa State ahead of Saturday’s election, noted that Bayelsa State, like every other state in Nigeria, remained dear to the visions and developmental focus of the Tinubu administration.
The Vice President revealed that a comprehensive plan for the development of the Niger Delta and all parts of Nigeria in terms of infrastructure, technological advancements, education, and harnessing of the bountiful resources has not only been mapped out but is being gradually laid out.
“My principal, our president, is a man filled with vision, willpower, and total commitment to the Nigerian project. He is unwavering and in a rush to ensure the speedy development of the Niger Delta and all other parts of the country.
“What we owe him is our support and loyalty for him to succeed. This is the reason why all Bayelsans must come out on Saturday and rally around our party and candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva, who is your own and known for his tenacity for excellence. It is high time the people of Bayelsa State joined the government at the center. The opportunity is here, and the time is now,” VP Shettima stated.
Also speaking at the event, the National Chairman of the APC, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, described Sylva as a refined technocrat and politician who is committed to transforming and redefining the political, economic, and developmental landscape of Bayelsa State.
On his part, the Bayelsa APC candidate, Chief Sylva, said, given his track record of excellence and commitment to service, his blueprint is meticulously tailored towards the total revamping of the fortunes of Bayelsa State.
Sylva, who pledged transparent utilization of resources of the state’s resources, said that when elected, each and every part of the state will witness a transformation never imagined before, just as indigenous and community participation in governance would be optimally held.
The Vice President was earlier received on arrival in the state by Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri and some members of the Bayelsa State Executive Council.
In company with Chief Sylva, he later proceeded to pay homage to the Chairman of the Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers’ Council and Ibenanaowei of the Ekpetiama Kingdom in the Yenagoa local government area, King Bubaraye Dakolo.
The APC National Chairman, Senator Jibola Bashiru, the APC National Secretary, Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni, the Governor of Gombe State Alh Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, the APC Deputy National Chairman Alh Bukar Dalori, the Minister of Transportation Saidu Alkali, and the former Governor of Imo State Owelle Rochas Okorocha were among those who were with the Vice President.