Former Vice President, Arc. Namadi Sambo, has said that he had no regrets serving the country as its Vice President under the President Goodluck Jonathan’s Administration.
The Special Adviser to the Governor of Bayelsa State on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, quoted Sambo as having made the comment while paying a condolence visit to the Toru Orua country home of the governor on the death of his mother, Mrs GoldCoast Dickson, on Saturday.
A former President of Senate and a leading Presidential Aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator David Mark, also visited the governor in his country home on Saturday.
Sambo said that he had cause to glorify God for giving him the opportunity to serve the country in the exalted position of Vice President.
Sambo who said that he had just been appointed as an active Ambassador by Afrexim Bank and the African Union, for an intra African trade fair in Cairo, called on the Indepedent National Electoral Commission to do the right thing in the forthcoming election of 2019.
The former number two man in the country said that INEC had a responsibility to ensure the conduct of free, fair and credible elections next year.
He said “I have no regrets serving Nigeria. There is no cause for any regret. I thank the Almighty Allah that he gave me that opportunity to serve our country.
“First and foremost I am here to condole with my brother and sister on the loss of our mother and we pray that almighty God will grant the family to bear the great loss.
“Also we are seeing what is happening and we are expecting that INEC will do the right and that there will be a free and fair election come 2019.”
Sambo commended Governor Dickson for the execution of several big ticket projects in Bayelsa especially the Bayelsa International Cargo/ Passenger Airport.
He said that Governor Dickson had a reputation in the North as a great unifier engrossed in sustained efforts to build bridges across the country.
“You are one person that today everybody knows, particularly in the northern part of this country that you have been a bridge builder and this has been very important and successful in seeing that our country is united and that we move and progress positively in Nigeria,” he added
Sambo who commended Dickson for leaving behind enduring legacies in Bayelsa described the airport project as a lifetime achievement that is critical to the socio economic development of the state.
Sambo said that that Governor Dickson acted right by giving the requisite support to the private Sector in Bayelsa to contribute to the development of the state.
“The private sector is always very important and I understand you have brought them very close to you and you are supporting them.”
Former Senate President, David Mark, who also led a high powered delegation on a condolence visit to the governor’s community said that the late Mrs Goldcoast lived well and had gone to be with her maker.
He said that she left behind enduring legacies which should console the family on the painful lost.
Speaking also, Governor Dickson restated the decision of his family to establish a cancer awareness centre in honour of the memory of his mother through the Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation.
He commended both leaders for their loyalty and commitment to national stability while in office in support of the Jonathan administration.