The Former Editor of Equatorial Media ; Publisher of Politics Today newspaper, Mr Allison Abanum, in an interview with our reporter, Jennie Peters, said the PDP candidate in the Bayelsa Gubernatorial election, Senator Diri Douye will win the November 16 election with Large margin.
Q: YOU’VE BEEN WRITING ARTICLES ALMOST DAILY SUPPORTING THE BAYELSA STATE PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY(PDP) CANDIDATE, WHAT’S YOUR INTEREST?
A: I have been an advocate for good governance right from my university days as an activist. I don’t care if its PDP or APC, my concern is the candidates the political party is flying. Haven’t looked keenly, I realize the PDP candidate in Bayelsa is the best man among all party flag bearer in the race for the Governorship seat. Senator Diri Douye as more clean records of Integrity and Dignity. He is the only one among all the contestant who had shown clarity of purpose as a member of the Restoration team government. He is most experience in the business of governance than every other contestant. More importantly, only him has shown with his own life the sublimity of moving Bayelsa to a greater height among all contestant.
Q: YOU SOUND LIKE A POLITICIAN, SINCE WHEN HAVE YOU BEEN IN POLITICS?
A: Am not a politician please. As a human being, anything that affects me, my happiness and standard of living I should be interested. Politics is a serious business. And haven’t covered Nigeria as a Political reporter over the years, I realize Nigerians are myopic about Politics. The only thing I think I can do is speak out, shout and keep giving orientation by sharing my own perspective sometime so we can have a better society. Don’t also forget am a media person and I have to be balance.
Q:BAYELSA PDP DOES NOT LOOK VERY UNITED GOING INTO THE NOVEMBER 16, GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION; DOES THAT NOT BOTHER YOU?
A: Every one of us as got one issue or the other. As a family we face issues daily. The Bayelsa PDP is a very big family, so their is no how you can avoid issue but the beauty of challenge is facing it head on and ensure you manage it, and that is exactly what the PDP has done and still doing. When you look at the crisis and division facing the APC Bayelsa, you would agree that PDP Bayelsa have no threat issue. All hands is on deck and every member of the family is fighting united while diplomacy is going on, even at the court redress.
Q: THE SOCIETY AT LARGE IS FROWNING ON THE ISSUE OF GOD FATHERISM IN OUR POLITICS, BUT THAT IS WHAT THE PDP CANDIDATE IS LEVERAGING ON, WITH THE GOVERNOR TO WIN. EXPLAIN THAT?
A: God Almighty does not come down to install a king. Samuel was used to enthrone Saul. Apart from the same Samuel himself, 6,000 men died for David to become King of Isreal. The late President Yaradua came to Yenagoa and pick Goodluck Jonathan as running mate among many good option. We go to church and pray for Divine helper sometimes. Moreover, this is politics, any success with out a successor is a failure. Governor Seriake Dickson most leave the stage and it’s proper for him to find a successor. What’s wrong in finding Senator Diri Douye worthy to take Bayelsa to greater height? Did the Governor break the rules of the game to support DIRI DOUYE? We must be objective as a people.
Q: TIMI ALAIBE, ONE OF THE MAJOR CONTENDER IN THE PRIMARY THAT PRODUCED THE PDP CANDIDATE IS IN COURT. WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE THE OUTCOME?
A: As I had said earlier, you can’t avoid issues in a big family like the PDP Bayelsa. The Alaibe issue is fully under control and don’t forget that Alaibe and Diri Douye are kinsmen and former political ally. Nothing will change.
Q: HOW DO PDP HOPE TO WIN THE GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION UNDERSTANDING THE MAJOR OPPOSITION APC HAS THE FEDERAL MIGHT UNDER CONTROL?
A: Permit me to speak like a prophet. PDP will win the November 16, gubernatorial election with a large margin. The major opposition party in the state has no structure. Their internal crisis is ten times bigger than all the other political parties in the state put together. How will you use federal might when you don’t even have structure to deliver the might? Bayelsans can not equally be fooled. I have done my home work properly and Bayelsans are fully ready for the so called federal might. From my independent study, analysis and survey the PDP will win with very large margin come November 16.
Q: WHY WAS FORMER PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN NOT AT THE KICK OFF CAMPAIGN RALLY OF THE PDP?
A: In Politics you leave the best for the last. The party still have a grand finale campaign but more over that same week of the Campaign kick off was when Former President Goodluck Jonathan was to resume in his international appointment. So you could reconcile the schedule of event but meanwhile the Party Chairman was on ground able represented by the Vice Chairman South south and that Speaks volume that the Party is United.
Q: REPORTS SAYS THE PDP CANDIDATE IS STINGY. WHY SHOULD THE PEOPLE OF BAYELSA TRUST THE PDP CANDIDATE?
A: Integrity is everything. Senator Diri Douye is a man of Integrity. I had said earlier that my interest is completely on the Man, Diri Douye and his Integrity made me adhere to him. If you must know, one of the major reason the Restoration Team Family arrived at Picking Douye is because of his financial management skill. They all agreed he is very prudent in spending and some greedy people will call that Stingy. Its all about the type of person. To me, a man without Integrity is useless and that is one virtue most of the other candidates lack.
Q: DO YOU THINK THE PDP AND ITS CANDIDATE ARE DOING ENOUGH TO ENSURE A PEACEFUL ELECTION?
A: All I know and I can tell you authoritatively is that Senator Diri Douye is a man of Peace. He is a good family man. He loves his Ijaw nation so much the way he loves his immediate family. He will never allow any form of harm befall his people. He will do everything to avert violence.
- Mr. Allison Abanum