By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
An aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa state, Hon. Fred Agbedi has pledged to take advantage of the state’s inexhaustible oil and gas reservoir to build a modular refinery just as Architect Reuben Okoya said that human capital development will be his focus when elected.
Hon. Agbedi who picked his Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms on Tuesday, at the PDP National Secretariat, Wadata House, Abuja, pledged to establish modular refinery, critical infrastructure, shore up the revenue of the state and attract international investors for Public Private Partnership (PPP).
Agbedi said that If elected, his administration would go the whole length to industrialise the state in order to create job opportunities for the teeming youths in the state.
Speaking to journalists after picking his forms, he said, “We will ensure that youths who created an atmosphere of militancy will be brought together. So I am in the race to render service in a greater capacity. I know what the challenges are in Bayelsa State. I also know the issues people agitate about”.
He said that Bayelsa will witness tremendous improvement in the standard of living adding that he will work assiduously with a team of committed patriots to take the state to a higher level.
Meanwhile, a former Commissioner in the state, Architect Reuben Okoya who also picked his Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms said that if elected, his administration would focus on infrastructure and human capital development.
“To win, the PDP must field the right candidate or we will be in trouble if we don’t. It is gratifying to see that the party now has more states than it did in 2015.
“We must stay focused for the battle ahead. We must build schools and hospitals. People have no money to spend. The party should ask who among us has the capacity and if they do, they will come to me. I have done it before and I will do it again,” Okoya told newsmen.
On whether the outgoing governor, Seriake Dickson is likely to anoint his successor, the aspirant remarked: “there is nothing wrong with a governor trying to pick his successor but he must pick the right person. I am not sure that Governor Dickson wants to impose anyone as governor. I have not seen that in Bayelsa”.