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Bayelsa/Kogi 2019 Election

Bayelsa: APC Lacks Presence, Depending On Money, INEC – Dickson



By Asolo Eyedoude

Governor Seriake Dickson has reiterated his position that the All Progressive Congress, APC, in the state lacks the political structure and presence to win the November 16, 2019, gubernatorial election.

The governor stated this when he inaugurated the People’s Democratic Party Grassroots Movement from Brass and Yenagoa Local Government Areas of the state.

Governor Dickson said the APC in its usual character was putting its hope on luring members of the PDP to its fold with money and fake promises which would fail them.

He urged party faithful and the electorates not to be deceived by the antics of the party.

 The State Chief Executive said that the APC was torn apart by unaddressed grievances from the party’s primaries which have made the original founders of the party in the state stay away from the party and its candidate, David Lyon. 

According to him, the opposition party lacks the structure to adequately mobilise support to wrest power from the PDP, noting that a crushing defeat waits them in the forthcoming election.

The governor said that it was quite interesting that the APC opted to field a candidate who lacks the experience and capacity to articulate issues of governance unlike the PDP standard-bearer, Senator Douye Diri, and his running mate, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo who are tested and experienced with exemplary records in public service.

The Governor had earlier in the day received Mr. Tolu Amatu, a prominent member of his party and former Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ekeremor Local Government Area, who defected from the APC three days ago.

He lamented that the APC was banking on electoral fraud, through collusion with the Independent National Electoral Commission, and the use of violence and mayhem through use of the security forces to harass and intimidate innocent voters. 

Governor Dickson, who said the PDP abhors violence, expressed the confidence that his party would sweep the gubernatorial election in November 16.

He thanked them for their continued support for his administration in the past seven years and charged them to mobilise support in the various units, wards and communities and work with INEC and security forces to protect their votes during the poll.  

He said, “I want you to take the message to our people about the antics of the APC. The original founders of the APC, even those who worked for former Governor Chief Timipre Sylva in this state are not with their current flag bearer. There are more grievances in the APC and they are not doing anything about it.

“They are concerned about using Federal position and monies that they have, making promises and luring people, PDP stakeholders. Defectors do not win elections, political parties win elections, parties with structures and superior strategies and planning win elections.”

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