A former chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Timi Alaibe, has said the people of Bayelsa State are tired of accidental leaders and deserve a better deal, which he is prepared to offer.
He also said contrary to speculation in some quarters, he never supported the candidacy of the incumbent governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson.
Alaibe said this while speaking to journalists after submitting his expression of interest and nomination forms at the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja on Thursday.
He noted that some people mistook his support for his former party – the Peoples Democratic Party, in the run up to the election for his support for the person of Governor Dickson.
The former NDDC boss described himself as a loyal party man who believes in party supremacy, a virtue which he promised to bring into the APC.
Alaibe said he was seeking the people’s mandate to become the next Bayelsa governor because the people of the state were fed up with “accidental and visionless leadership”.
According to him, he was humbled by the decision of leaders of the state who came together to pay the fees for his nomination forms.
He said, “You were here when the elders and leaders in Bayelsa State came to purchase form, asking me to contest for the governorship of the state. In answer to that call and following my acceptance, I have come here to submit the expression of interest and nomination form.
“We as Bayelsa people are tired of accidental leadership. We are tired of visionless leaders and you know that I come with a lot of experience, goodwill, integrity and reputation. As one of the major oil producing states in this country, Bayelsa has not been able to see structured development in terms of infrastructural development and even in terms of environmental development as consequence of oil production”.
Responding to a question of what led to the parting of ways between him and Mr. Dickson, the APC governorship aspirant said “I am a party man and that is what I have always been. I even have course to step down for people by following party directive those days.
“So I am a party man but in spite of how we try to support them, the leopard and his skin refused to change, you cannot give what you do not have”.