Bayelsa State Government has called on the international community and all lovers of democracy to actively collaborate with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and other relevant agencies to ensure best practices in Saturday’s governorship election.
Governor Seriake Dickson, who made the call yesterday during his campaign visit to some communities in his native Sagbama Local Government Area, Toru-Angiama, Angalabiri, Agorogbene, Kabeama, Okumbiri and Ofoni Federated Communities comprising Eyanvwien, Ediagbon and Ogbe, said it has become imperative in order to sustain the existing peace and stability.
He stressed that instead of canvassing the support of the electorate in a responsible manner, the main opposition party in the state, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has been claiming that the Buhari-led federal government would deploy its might to rig the governorship poll in favour of their candidate.
According to the governor, the utterances and actions of the APC have clearly shown that they are not ready for a free and fair electoral contest, but rather dreaming to wrestle power away through the backdoor, a situation he described as impossible.
Reiterating his commitment to peaceful elections, Dickson said he was not only overwhelmed by the show of love that Bayelsans have shown him and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during the electioneering campaigns, but also the level of preparedness to exercise and protect their vote.
Interacting with the chiefs and people of various communities, the PDP candidate thanked them for the three times they have voted massively for him, twice into the House of Representatives and as governor in 2012, adding that he has no doubt whatsoever that they would, as usual, make good their promise of giving his party bloc votes come December 5.
At Ofoni, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, who is an indigene, noted that apart from the ongoing Sagbama-Ekeremor road, the Dickson-led administration has completed a number of projects including linking the area to the national grid.
In their separate addresses, Spokespersons for Ofoni Communities, High Chief Matthew Ediruo, Chief Daudu Eric, Chief Jacob Akpani and the acting Amananaowei of Toru-Angiama, High Chief Bruce Okpo, described Dickson as a worthy son who has made them proud with the achievements he recorded in his first term in office, a feat they noted, his main challenger and candidate of the APC, could not attain for five years as governor of the state.


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