Bayelsa state governor, Senator Douye Diri, has secured the backing of prominent Ijaw leaders of thought, including the Bayelsa Elders Council, for his second term bid.
The leaders spoke at a well-attended interactive session organised by a socio-political group, Friends of Senator Douye Diri (FSDD), at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Banquet Hall, Yenagoa, on Monday night.
Pioneer elected president of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), Chief Joshua Fumudoh, said Diri as a product of the Ijaw struggle, had seen it all and translated his passion for the Ijaw nation into development and transformation of the only homogeneous Ijaw state.
Chief Fumudoh said there was a clear difference between those who fought the Ijaw cause and others whose ambition were for personal gains.
He stated that the state now witnesses politics without bitterness because the true Ijaw man accommodates all irrespective of political differences.
A former first lady of the old Rivers state, Dr. Ethel Diete-Spiff, commended the governor for breaking boundaries in execution of landmark projects, particularly the Nembe-Brass road, and urged him not to relent but do more.
Also, a member of the Bayelsa State Creation/Founding Fathers Forum, Prof. Ayebaemi Spiff, who commended the governor for his impactful developmental strides, poured her motherly blessings on Diri.
She prayed that the Nembe-Brass road is completed in due time so she could drive on it before she leaves the stage.
Chairman of the occasion and leader of the Bayelsa Elders Council, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John-Jonah (rtd), described the November 11 date of the Bayelsa election as a symbolic day for victory.