Bayelsa State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has endorsed the second term bid of Governor Douye Diri in the November 11 governorship election in the state.
CAN made its stand known at a one-day interactive session with the governor at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Swali, Yenagoa, on Monday.
The state CAN chairman, Very Rev. Father Joseph Opelema, said the body was impressed by the governor’s performance in infrastructure development in the last three and a half years and wants him to continue.
The christian organisation said the state needed a God-fearing leader to pilot its affairs, and that Diri fits its choice.
It also noted that the governor has given the state a ray of hope through his commitment to prayers, support for the church and developmental initiatives.
Other areas include his commitment to prompt payment of salaries, pension and gratuities as well as construction of the three senatorial roads among others.
CAN however noted that all the contenders in the election were brothers and sisters and enjoined political actors to shun violence in the electoral process and allow the electorate to choose who to lead them.
In his response, Governor Diri appreciated the CAN leadership for endorsing his second term bid.
He attributed his administration’s success to God and the support from the church.
Diri stated that the gesture was a motivation to do more and enjoined members to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the election to enable him consolidate on his first tenure achievements.
Diri said: “I appreciate the leadership of CAN and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria for your support for this government. You have been so committed.”