The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has directed religious leaders in the state to organise special prayers for the emergence of his successor.
He said anyone who should get the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party must have the requisite qualities of courage, commitment, vision and zeal to protect the interests of the state and Ijaw nation.
The governor said this during a media chat on Tuesday.
He said it was important for the state to commit the process of electing a governor into the hands of God.
Dickson said he would embark on extensive consultations with key stakeholders in the state, including former President Goodluck Jonathan, towards ensuring a peaceful and hitch-free primary election designed to produce the party’s candidate.
He said, “I wish to also mention on this important issue of the next person to govern the state.
“I have directed our religious team to come up with a date when we will formally gather to fast and pray in seeking the face of God concerning the person who will take over from me as governor of the state.
“The team has chosen June and so we will all find time as a party to have that event.”
According to the governor, the candidate of the PDP should have the consciousness and capacity to play opposition politics in the country.
He said the stakes in the next governorship election were too high to be left in the hands of “lilly-livered politicians who only play establishment politics and shy away from the realities on the ground.”
Commenting on the forthcoming local government elections, the governor emphasised that women and youths would be given priority for councillorship positions across the state in recognition of their sustained support for his administration.
“I desire to see more youths and women being carried along in the forthcoming local government election because of the incredible support they have always given to my administration.
“A minimum of 20% should be given to the women in appreciation of their support and as a source of empowerment to their families,” he said.
The governor, who also commented on the spate of kidnapping in the state and along the East-West Road, warned the perpetrators to desist from the heinous crime.
He urged those whose relatives had been kidnapped to resist payment of ransom to those holding them.