A former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Timi Alaibe has assured his supporters that he is on course to reclaim his stolen mandate.
Alaibe, who dragged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to Court over the conduct of the Bayelsa state governorship primary election in a statement issued on Monday titled, ‘My Final Decision on the Way Forward’, said he will not dump the PDP but remain to pursue justice.
The statement read in part: “Some people have questioned the need for a court process. The answer is simple: any injustice that is not challenged and corrected will surely be repeated. And we will be the victims. As an advocate of peace and non-violence, I decided to accept the advice of the stakeholders and seek justice through legal means. In the course of the race, it was clear that many people in positions of public trust openly abandoned their statutory responsibilities and joined forces with others to feed the unsuspecting public with all kinds of conspiracy theories. Despite their hard punches, we kept fighting on. We kept preaching our message of economic salvation. We had unshaken faith in God and trust in our party. Various attempts to negotiate and reach compromise on certain issues were rebuffed with public bragging and wicked propaganda. Still, we refused to give up. My beloved supporters and people of Bayelsa State, I have come to the ultimate conclusion that this struggle must continue until we achieve justice. I am not deaf to your suggestions. I am not ignorant of your patience. I am not giving up. You must also not give up. The decision I have taken may hurt a lot of people. Others may be disappointed. But it is taken in good faith. As I promised you at the beginning of this race, my previous exit from the PDP was based on principle; my return was based on necessity. After considering every suggestion by stakeholders and supporters, it is therefore my decision not to join any other political party but to stay in the PDP and pursue justice until I achieve it”, Alaibe said.
Alaibe came second with 365 votes in the election that was won by the anointed candidate of the state’s governor, Seriake Dickson, Senator Douye Diri.