The Labour Party (LP) candidate in the Bayelsa State governorship election for November 11, Udengs Eradiri has expressed concern over the ranking of Bayelsa as Nigeria’s second poorest state after Sokoto.
The LP flag bearer described the development as disgraceful and disastrous.
He opined that the state’s poor performance in all economic and developmental indices shows that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Governor Douye Diri has failed the state.
Eradiri, who spoke in Yenagoa, on Thursday, said the PDP and Diri had nothing to campaign with concerning the forthcoming political contest.
He asserted that despite the huge revenue allocation from different sources, the state was still wallowing in stinking poverty.
Eradiri subsequently called on the people of Bayelsa to vote for the credible alternative offered by the LP.
He said, “Why is Governor Douye Diri and the PDP still campaigning for a second term? Data technology company, StatiSense, recently unveiled the Multidimensional Poverty Index of 2022 report of the National Bureau of Statistics
“That report exposed the number of people living in multidimensional poverty in the oil-rich Niger Delta states. That report is alarming, distressing and goes to show the failure of the PDP leadership of Bayelsa since 1999. It shows that the PDP leadership and the current government of Douye Diri diverted and squandered all our commonwealth.
“Bayelsa has red flag in all developmental indices. It will shock you to know that 2.61 million people out of the 2.9 million people are languishing in abject poverty. This is to say that 88 per cent of our population are extremely poor despite the humongous resources and revenue coming into this state.
“While Sokoto, a desert, occupies the first position, Bayelsa, an oil-rich state is coming second. What other proof do we need to know that the PDP has remained the whirlwind that will not blow this state and our people any good?
“What other evidence do we need as a people to know that this forthcoming election affords us the people an opportunity to kick out Diri and his party. They mean no good for our state and should be given a red card.”