- Governor Seriake Dickson has said that there are plans to cause unrest in Bayelsa state during the forthcoming elections
- Dickson also expressed serious worry over the impartiality of the INEC during the coming polls
- The governor called for support for his reelection with the promise that he would ensure total development in the state
The governor of Bayelsa state, Henry Seriake Dickson, has raised alarm that some people in the state are planning to cause insecurity during the next elections.
The governor said despite the fact that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the forthcoming elections would be free of violence and fair, there are fears that the commission would not be totally sincere in its conduct of the exercise, Channels TV reports.
Dickson disclosed this in a special statement that was signed by his special adviser on public affairs, Daniel Alabrah, on Monday, February 4.
He said: “On the elections, we have expectations and we also have concerns. Expectation that there should be fair play and fair exercise of public power and authority and that the agencies and institutions of state are able to do their job. That the people are not intimidated and harassed during the elections.
“Let me, however, alert that the signs are not too good. There are people playing politics with security - what I call the politics of insecurity and the insecurity of politics. It is unfortunate that sometimes people don’t have the courage to do what is right. We have political leaders who don’t give the right directives.
“We are concerned about the state of law, order and security during the elections. There is also the general concern about the impartiality of the electoral umpires and their agents.”
The Bayelsa state governor also asked for the support of the people in the state, promising that the state would get a total development and security if he is reelected.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Dickson, on Thursday, January 31, declared that Nigerian leaders should embark on building more prisons and cemeteries if they fail to invest in education.
Dickson disclosed that there is a direct relationship between the unrest in the Niger Delta and the low level of education, unemployment and underemployment.
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