The paramount ruler of Famgbe Kingdom in Yenagoa Local Government Area, His Royal Highness Festus Lott, has sued for peace as the race for Bayelsa State governorship election gears up.
Lott specifically asked the governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governor Seriake Dickson, his All Progressives Congress, APC, opponent, Timipre Sylva and other governorship candidates to ensure peace, before, during and after the poll.
The monarch, who is a father in-law to former President Goodluck Jonathan, made the call on Friday when Chief Sylva and his entourage visited his palace during their campaign drive.
Lott said, “The Famgbe community welcomes you (Sylva). In life, people are bound to differ in their opinions but the most important thing is for us all to achieve peaceful goals for the sake of development of the state.
“We are assuring you that we are not against you. What we are praying for is that there should be peaceful election. People should be free to express their right through the votes they cast. We are all one. I wish you safe stay in our community.”
The monarch, who is the chairman of the Bayelsa State Local Government Commission, urged the government to look into the plight of the community, saying Famgbe, a part of Yenagoa, the capital city, was not getting its fair share of development.
In his remarks, Sylva, a former governor of the state, promised to complete the projects he embarked upon while in office but could not finish because of his removal from office.
Sylva craved the support of the monarch and his people, stressing that the APC would provide the needed change that would accelerate the development of the state.
The APC standard bearer stated, “You are a father figure to all of us and you understand the business of governance. You have a trailblazer in this course we are taking,
“We have come to inform you formally of my intention to contest the governorship of our dear state. I have been there before. There were projects we embarked upon that I could not complete due to my removal from office.
“I ask for your support. We know you are a traditional ruler and you are expected to be neutral. But you can’t be neutral when robbers come into your community. Your son is contesting and I feel that you cannot be neutral. Your people are involved with the APC.”
He thanked the traditional ruler for his blessing, saying he had no doubt that the blessing would take them through.


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