By Brandon Tonye-Eselemo, Yenagoa
A leading contender of the Bayelsa state governorship race under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ambassandor Godknows Boladei Igali has pledged to carry out offensive development projects in all nooks and crannies of Bayelsa state, if elected.
Amb. Igali who spoke with select journalists in Yenagoa, said ‘‘ The holistic development of Bayelsa state is my number one priority if elected as governor of Bayelsa state. Bayelsans should know the right person for the job. I am the right man and vote me into Creek Haven peacefully. I will not fail you’’
The erudite scholar who earned his doctorate degree in politics and international studies from the University of Venezuaela, Caracas is a seasoned technocrat, who had also served as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Nordic Countries of, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.
He was also a time Ambassador of Nigeria to Cameroons, took time to explain the imperative for Bayelsa and the Ijaw Nation to get it right in the state so as to bring and streamline developmental efforts in the state in line with present socio-economic realities of the Country.
The Governorship candidate who had received many global recognition and decorations, further asserted that his government will bring additional funding outside government sources to execute sustainable Economic development programmes across the state using his vast contacts with development partners throughout the world while deploying his skills, knowledge and leverage on his diplomatic links in bringing support and external funding for projects that will positively impact on the people.
Ambassador Igali also expressed optimism that with the right leadership, people in state need not despair but rejoice as he intend also to initiate and maintain contact with Neighbouring states and integrate workable partnerships on development to ensure greater bonding. Thereby ,avoiding unproductive and disruptive conduct in zone. He advised the electorate to be more discerning with the choice of candidate they pick.
He encourage the people to engage a candidate who can consolidate and bring concrete and inclusive development to them, while admonishing them to reject those who will spread development too thin to their disadvantage.
‘‘Bayelsans need to exercise caution and vote for a very determined, knowledgeable, selfless, credible, passionate, bridge builder and proven leader that can give all his best to the state and its people.’’ He admonished.
He howvever maintained, that when elected he will use his personal house to carry out the function of state while relieving the state the burden of costly maintenance and running cost while government house will remain a place for only official functions and ceremonies.
The leading contender in the governorship race, pay glowing tribute to former president GoodLuck Ebele Jonathan for his serves to the state and nation. He express satisfaction with the former president’s fatherly disposition in the state.
He also express profound gratitude to Governor Henry Seriake Dickson for his superlative performance. He reiterated that Bayelsa need to consolidate on his numerous achievements and wish him the best as he finish strong as governor.
Ambassador Igali is also an environmentalist and climate change advocate. He was in the board of some National and international Charity and Educational Organizations. He is a prolific writer and author with many books to his credit He is married and blessed with Children.