The Sylva-Igiri Campaign Organisation of the All Progressives Congress
(APC), Tuesday charged Governor Seriake Dickson to live up to the expectation of the people of Bayelsa by performing his most basic responsibility of ensuring the security of lives and property in the state, instead of hounding perceived political enemies.
A statement by the Director of Media and Publicity, Sylva-Igiri Campaign Organisation, Chief Nathan Egba, called on the people of the state to hold Governor Dickson accountable for any breakdown of law and order, having allegedly brought large numbers of non Bayelsans into the state in the build-up to the election.
He said, “APC is worried at the increasing rate of violent crime including kidnappings across the state, which is believed to be a direct result of the total abandonment of governance by the Dickson -led administration in favour of politics.
“We are not surprised for instance, that today’s ( Tuesday) sitting of the Magistrate Court in Yenagoa to hear the bail application of innocent APC leaders who were arrested on the instructions of the PDP in Oporoma on the morning of Saturday Dec 5th was scuttled.
“Authoritative sources allege that the presiding magistrate was seriously warned by powerful government officials from appearing in the court to hear the bail application.
“Even defence lawyers were alleged to have been harassed by unknown people, who have apparently taken a cue from all the violence and gangsterism, perpetrated by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in various communities in the course of the on-going governorship election.
“Already, we have it on good authority that Governor Dickson and his PDP agents have again started bringing these thugs into the state ahead of the January 9, 2016 re-run in Southern Ijaw LGA and other polling units in six local government areas to repeat what they did on December 5 and 6.
“The Sylva_Igiri Campaign Organisation has been informed that some strange looking faces are seen in some rural communities of Southern Ijaw, while some have been camped in different hotels in Amarata, Swali and Tombia areas of Yenagoa.”
The statement expressed fears that the desperation of Governor Dickson to win this election might just push him and his party to throw all caution to the wind.
“We wish to call on the security agencies in the state to step up their intelligence and track down all those plotting to cause mayhem in the re-run with a view to compromising the election through massive rigging,” the statement said.

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