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Dickson: Chariots, Weapons, Abuja Connections Will Not Produce My Successor



Serikae Dickson has pledged that his successor as governor of Bayelsa State will not be helped by chariots, weapons or Abuja connections.

Speaking in Yenagoa, the state capital at the Monthly Praise Night and the 8th edition of the Easter Cantata programme organised by his administration, the governor said the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the election due in November will emerge through prayers and intensive consultations.

A statement on the programme issued by his Special Adviser, Media Relations, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, also quoted the general overseer of the Royal House Grace International Church, Apostle Zilly Aggrey as calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to change the November 2 for the governorship election. The date is the statutory date for the state’s annual Thanksgiving Day.

Speaking on the occasion, Dickson said: “I will not cease thanking God and you the clergymen and indeed the good people of our state for the prayers and encouragement and support you are giving to me and my team.

“We have achieved a lot in the past seven years because of your support and the mercies of God in spite of the meaningless distractions to destabilize our state which has been adjudged as the most stable in the Niger Delta.

“But as usual, let me call on all of us to use this period of Easter, which is a period for sober reflection, to continue to invite the presence of God in our state. We must not relent in our prayers because the enemies of our land are planning hard to destroy the peace and stability we have laboured to build.

“But we have nothing to fear. They put their trust in chariots, weapons and connections in Abuja but we trust in the Almighty God who has always saved us.

“Since we handed over our government to God, we have been reinforcing it through prayers and positive declarations that this state which I call the Jerusalem of the Ijaw nation shall not be handed over again to anybody who does not fear the authority of the Almighty God above.

“I will formally invite everybody in this state to pray because I feel that the next leader of our state is not going to be selected from my pocket. No I won’t do that; It’s too important a decision to come from one person.

“That is why we have to first commit it as a burden to God so that we can be guided not by the whims, thoughts, desires and calculations of men but by His divine will and direction. After the prayers, then I will engage on intensive consultations.

“For all those who are thinking of being part of this equation, I prescribe same for you. Don’t overheat the system because we still have a lot to do for our state even in the remaining months.”

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