By Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to ensure a violence-free election in the state on November 16.
A statement signed by Dickson’s Chief Press Secretary, Fidelis Soriwei, said the governor spoke when he presented the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Douye Diri and his running mate, Lawrence Ewrujakpor.
The governor called on INEC to be impartial in the conduct of the election saying Bayelsa voter was tired of acts of violence perpetrated by desperate political parties, who lacked the capacity to win election.
He urged the people to be firm in their support for the PDP as Diri would consolidate on his exploits in education, roads, health and the mutually rewarding relationship with the traditional institution.
Dickson said that the PDP ticket had nothing to do with insecurity, lawlessness, violence and militancy as represented by some other party.
He called on security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities by providing the conducive atmosphere for the conduct of credible poll.
The statement quoted the Spokesman of the Council, His Royal Highness Ovie Omeleh, the Ebenekein òf Yenakah, as endorsing Diri and his running mate.
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Omeleh said that the tempo of development in all sectors especially with the construction of new roads and dualization òf already existing roads in the State capital, could only be sustained by the PDP.
He said the party had maintained a legacy of development in the state since the commencement of democratic governance in 1999.
He said that Atissa would vote massively for the PDP to support the sustenance of the developmental exploits of the Dickson led government in the state.
Speaking also HRH Dikevie Okulovie, Adukali 1 of Atissa Kingdom commended Dickson for ensuring that his party fields a credible and worthy candidate to take over the reins of leadership from him on February 14, 2020.
He described the presentation of the PDP gubernatorial candidate at the Obeni Ibe’s palace as thoughtful as it represented the spiritual, administrative and political head of the Atissa candidate.
Okulovie commended the governor for his landmark achievements and turnaround of Yenagoa into a metropolis, assuring of total support for the PDP candidate.
In his remarks, Diri, thanked the palace and the chiefs for their support having contributed massively to his victory in the past elections into the House òf Representatives and the Senate.
He promised to continue with the developmental agenda of the Dickson administration in the area of infrastructure, health, education and others.
By Mike Odiegwu, Yenagoa