The Bayelsa State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described Diri as the only candidate with the capacity and competence to succeed Governor Seriake Dickson.
The party, while congratulating Diri on his emergence as the PDP candidate, further referred to him as a committed public official with years of exemplary service to the development of Bayelsa, the Ijaw Nation and the country.
The State Secretary of the party, Chief Godspower Keku, said in a statement on the PDP was happy with the emergence of Diri as its flag bearer after the keenly contested transparent and credible party primaries.
The party’s Secretary noted that Bayelsa was in need of a leader with vast experience in public service explaining that Diri had been a Commissioner, a Principal Executive Secretary to the Governor and a member of the Federal House of Representatives and currently a Senator, among others.
The PDP scribe commended the other 20 aspirants of the party who contested the election with Diri for their display of maturity and respect for the overall interest of the party.
Keku called on the aspirants to support the candidate of the party stressing that the primaries could only produce one candidate out of the 21 aspirants, who indicated interest in the governorship of the state.He flayed the APC over the emergence of Chief David Lyon as its candidate describing him as a pipeline security surveillance contractor.
Keku alleged that the leader of the APC in the state and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, schemed out all the qualified contestants from the APC to impose Lyon on them.
He said that Lyon lacked the requisite credentials, experience and pedigree to become Governor of Bayelsa State.
Keku, who described the APC primaries which produced Lyon as a sham, noted that Lyon was Sylva’s personal imposition
He condemned the calculated humiliation of Lokpobiri, who was made prominent by the PDP, and urged those humiliated by Sylva to rethink their political future.