Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State said that he would not mastermind the emergence of his successor in the primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the November 2 governorship election in the state.
He said that the flag bearer of the party would rather emerge through intense prayers and consultations, which he would personally organise.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei, quoted Dickson as having stated this at the monthly praise night and 8th edition of the Easter Cantata programme organised by his administration in Yenagoa on Saturday night.
He urged the people to seek the face of God for His divine direction as the PDP embarked on the search for the next governor of the state.
The governor stressed that it was his prayers the state would not be handed over to a person who had no regard for the authority of God.
The governor also urged the people not to relent in prayers because the enemies of Bayelsa were plotting to destroy the peace and stability of the state.
Dickson said, “But we have nothing to fear. They put their trust in chariots, weapons and connections in Abuja but we trust in the Almighty God who has always saved us.
“Since we handed over our government to God, we have been reinforcing it through prayers and positive declarations that this state, which I call the Jerusalem of the Ijaw nation, shall not be handed over again to anybody who does not fear the authority of the Almighty God above.
“I will formally invite everybody in this state to pray because I feel that the next leader of our state is not going to be selected from my pocket. No. I won’t do that as it’s too important a decision to come from one person.”
He expressed gratitude to the clergy and people of the state for their prayers and support in the past seven years, attributing his achievements in office to the mercies of God.
Earlier, Apostle Zilly Aggrey, the General Overseer of the Royal House Grace International Church, had admonished the people to trust God at all times as His plans are always higher and better than those of men.
He thanked God for the achievements of the restoration government under Governor Dickson, especially in the areas of infrastructure development and promoting the worship of God.