The Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has told members of the campaign council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the November 11 governorship polls in the state, not to take the All Progressives Congress (APC) for granted.
According to him, the election is just like any other one because it cuts across party lines.
The governor said despite that, he is optimistic the PDP will emerge victorious to still be in power after the November polls.
Diri stated this at the inaugural meeting of the PDP National Campaign Council for the Bayelsa Governorship Election at the PDP National Secretariat, Abuja, Thursday.
He pointed out that Bayelsa had been a PDP state since 1999 and will remain so after the polls.
The governor said, “I am happy that I am here because when you finish from school, you do not write your own testimonial; it is the principal that do that. I am happy that my testimonial is being written right in front of me.
“So, what do I have to say, all I can say is thank you. The little effort we are putting in that part of our country is resonating across the whole country.
“The Governor of Taraba state, it is no mistake that you are the Chairman of this campaign council, and I will like to thank the party that the Acting National Chairman and his team of NWC has done well.
“One thing I would like to point out is that the election we are going into is an election, like everyone has said here is that we believe that we have won.
“But there is a popular saying in my place that when a blind man tells you that he is going to stone you, it means that he is standing on top of a stone.
“So, let us not take our opponents, especially of the APC, for granted. In Bayelsa, I will like to let you know that this election is across party line. So we are not going there to deride APC.”
Diri claimed to have a support base that cuts across party lines in Bayelsa State.
The governor said, “There are so many APC members who have come out openly to say yes in Abuja we are APC, but in Bayelsa, we are PDP, leaders of APC.
So, when we go for this campaign, we should be seen to be accepting them. On ground like everyone has attested to, it is like 80-20 percent election, but we will not take it for granted because somebody is boasting that whether the people like it or not, he is going to win, that means he is standing on a stone and we must remove that stone from under him, that is all that the PDP needs to do.”