Aspiring governor of Bayelsa, Kemela Okara, was encouraged to take his wealth of knowledge to bear if he was elected governor at the November governmental election by ex president of nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
Jonathan said this when Okara visited him at his Yenagoa residence on Wednesday night, to formally inform him of his desire to run for the office of governor in the Nov. 16 election.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the primaries for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will hold on September 3, while the gubernatorial election will hold on November 16.
The visit by Okara to Jonathan was part of his statewide consultations with critical stakeholders in Bayelsa ahead of the gubernatorial election.
Jonathan, who is the immediate past president of Nigeria, expressed confidence in Okara’s capabilities as a two-time Commissioner for Trade Industry and Investments and former SSG, to run the state competently.
“As the immediate past secretary to the state government and from your exposure as a lawyer in Lagos, the commercial nerve centre of the nation, I expect you to perform well as a governor.
“Just know that my doors are open anytime you wish to see me for counsel and consultations,” the former president said.
Earlier, Okara thanked Jonathan for finding time to host him and his entourage amid his busy schedule.
“Your Excellency, as I strive to run for the governor’s office, there is no way I will not seek your blessings.
“I came to you because of your wealth of experience and rich political pedigree.
“I have come to inform you of my willingness to compete for the office of the Governor of Bayelsa State and your blessing for this particular purpose,” Okara said.