By Our Reporter
November 21, 2015 – Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has called on the Federal Government and the international community to prevail on all institutions that have a role to play in the conduct of the forthcoming election in the state, including security agencies, to be above board in the discharge of their duties.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Advisory Council of the Restoration Campaign Organisation chaired by Senator Nimi Barigha-Amange in Yenagoa over the weekend, the governor said the call became imperative in view of his alleged brazen manner members of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) have been boasting to use federal might to rig the election.
According to the governor, such utterances and show of impunity by the opposition have clearly shown that they were not only unprepared for the election but envious of the achievements of his administration and therefore hell-bent on plunging the state back to its past characterized by insecurity and violence.
“Members of the opposition party, APC, with their conducts are hell-bent on igniting crisis in the state, knowing full well that they cannot win the forthcoming governorship election. They have perfected their rigging plans and that is why we are calling on the Federal Government and the international community to prevail on all institutions that have a role to play in the conduct of the election to be above aboard. The PDP is known for peace and that is the message we are preaching in all the communities in the state”.
He said the PDP would continue to enjoy popular support from Bayelsans for a long time because of its well- structured grassroots-oriented policies and programmes. Such policies, he noted, had helped in alleviating the sufferings of the people as being testified by the rural dwellers who trooped out to identify with his campaigns in all nooks and crannies of the state.
Dickson explained that the advisory council would have been inaugurated earlier but for the untimely death of Chief Deipreye Alamieyeseigha who was billed to be its chairman.
He, however, said the council will continue to function even after the election as a foremost caucus to provide policy direction to the PDP and its government.
To make for effective representation, he said the council has three vice chairmen representing the three senatorial districts in the state, namely King A. J Turner (East Senatorial Zone), Blessing Akpoloma (Central Senatorial Zone) and former deputy governor, Peremobowei Ebebi (West Senatorial Zone). Chief Thompson Okorotie is to serve as secretary, Senator Inatimi Spiff, Director, Strategy and Chief James Jephthah as Director of Operations.
Over forty elders of the party and all serving National Assembly members from the state are also members.
Dickson thanked members of the Advisory Council for their support, assuring them that his administration would not renege on his electoral promises as he also called on the people in the state not to entertain any fears over their safety in the December 5 election.