Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has said he is glad that Reuben Okoya has dropped his aspiration for the gubernatorial ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming election in the state.
The duo spoke on Thursday in Port Harcourt when they appeared before the PDP zonal screening panel for the gubernatorial primaries.
Addressing journalist shortly after his screening, Dickson confirmed the withdrawal of Okoya from the governorship contest.
According to Dickson, “I have just been screened; I will get the result later today. In PDP we allow the system to function. The screening panel is independent; they will take a decision and then communicate to the aspirants, which I am one.
“I use this medium to communicate my appreciation to my brother Rueben Okoya for showing that building the party and the state, with service to the people, is more important than personal ambition. In the end what should matter to everybody is the party’s victory and how Bayelsa and Ijaw nation can continue to be for PDP, to define their pride and integrity.
“I appreciate Okoya for his spirit of statesmanship. I will personally invite him to join my team to build the party and the state.”