A Southern Ijaw Local Government Area chairmanship aspirant, Chief Reuben Wilson, popularly called Gen. Pastor has said that nobody can dissuade him from rendering help to those in need in his local government and Bayelsa State in general.
This is coming just as his support base keeps swelling across the local government and beyond. On Saturday, scores of people from across the region joined him in Yenagoa to open his campaign office.
Wilson, who is a native of Koluama in SILGA said in an exclusive interview with TNN that he was offering himself to serve because of the undying love for his people and a burning desire to effect a purposeful change in his local government.
"I like seeing people smile, I don't think of myself; I think of how those around me can put food on the table for their families. I hate it when I hear people complain of hunger. That is the vision I have.
"That is why I brought men of God to inaugurate my campaign office because I must seek the leading of God in my vision and mission to lead my people.
"One of the major reasons why I want to be chairman is because I want Southern Ijaw to be crime free. I want to be there so that I can go and talk to those our brothers who are still in the creeks to drop whatever thing that is in their hands and embrace peace so that development can come.
"I was in Cameroon struggling to take care of my family when I saw the backwardness of my people, particularly Koluama, my community.
"I decided to come back to stand by my people and I stood by them, after which the late president, Musa Yar' Adua offered us amnesty and I made up my mind to key into the presidential amnesty.
"After the amnesty, I found out that my people are still crying for help despite the efforts made by past leaders of our great local government area.
"That is why I decided to contest the chairmanship of Southern Ijaw so that I can make life more meaningful for our people. As an individual, I have over 200 workers under my payroll. You can only imagine what I will do if I become chairman", the former Niger Delta agitator hinted.
He noted that he founded the Pastor Reuben Wilson Foundation for the soul responsibility of providing succour for the downtrodden, adding that the NGO had been paying school fees for students at all levels of education in SILGA and other parts of the state as well as helping widows and the needy.
"My foundation has been helping a lot of people. If you go to the University of Uyo, my foundation pays school fees for most Bayelsans there. Even in NDU, we pay school fees for many people.
"My foundation visits prisons and feed people, visits orphanage homes, feed people and helps those who cannot afford to put food on their tables and also reaching out to the entertainment industry in and outside the state", he added.
Stakeholders of SILGA who were at the event spoke in glowing terms concerning the chairmanship aspirant, describing him as a philanthropic and selfless leader with the qualities to take SILGA to greater heights.
State coordinator of the PDP Youth Alliance, David Solomon described Wilson as a leader who loves to invest in others more than himself, calling on the PDP and the people of SILGA to support his ambition.
Chairman, Bayelsa State Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee, Mr. Timipre Asari said, "Reuben Wilson has served. Leadership is about followership and Wilson has a large followership and he remains the best man for the chairmanship of Southern Ijaw at the moment".
The facilitator of the Reuben Wilson foundation, Chief Joseph Wilson and Igbomotoru Ward 6 chairman of the foundation, Mr. Seaman David in their respective speeches said both the opposition parties were calling on the aspirant to contest because his NGO had reached out to people across party lines.
Mr. Ogbomo Erepamowei from Amassoma in SILGA described Wilson as a "humble and charismatic leader and the people of southern Ijaw are yearning to have him as their chairman because he is a cheerful giver".
The president, Southern Ijaw Federated Youth Council, Sogo Lovely said "Chief Reuben Wilson is a man that is assessable and can relate with the grassroots. This is an appeal to the governor that we need this man as the next chairman of southern Ijaw local government area."