Gov Dickson Hails Ezeife at 80...Describes him as a Master of Progressive Politics

The Governor of Bayelsa State, the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson has described a former Governor of old Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, as a detribalized Nigerian of high repute.

Governor Dickson said that, Ezeife, who clocked 80 on November 20, 2018 was one of the leaders, who taught him the art of progressive politics in the country.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, on Thursday, quoted the Governor to have made the comment, while leading a high-powered delegation of Bayelsa people to the 80th birthday celebration of the elder statesman in Abuja on Tuesday.

The Governor stated that, he had the honour of working closely with the octogenarian politician and intellectual when he was chairman of the Alliance for Democracy in Bayelsa State and later the National Legal Adviser of the party.

He said that, Dr. Ezeife was beyond being a great family man, a leader of the South East, but had always been a patriotic Nigerian political leader.

The Governor congratulated the elder statesmen for being healthy and agile as he entered into the club of the blessed octogenarians.

According to him, Ezeife was being celebrated “for being a role model, a fighter for the oppressed, a father, a champion of right causes, and a bridge builder.”

He said, “I congratulate the former Governor of old Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, on his 80th birthday. I join him to thank God for his life, for God’s mercies to him. He is looking as agile and handsome at 80.

“He is not just a father to his family, he is more than being a citizen of Anambra State, he is more than being an Igbo, he is a Nigerian leader.

“He was one of those who mentored me in the art of progressive politics in the Alliance for Democracy. I had the honour of being the Chairman of the party in Bayelsa, and later it’s National Legal Adviser.

“You have been a role model, a father, a fighter for the oppressed people, a champion of right causes, you have constantly built bridges in Nigeria. That is why we are here to celebrate with you.”

The Governor said that, a former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, and running mate to the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, would be Nigeria’s next Vice President, come 2019’ by the Grace of God.’