Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, has decried the alleged misuse of federal power by leadersl of opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), especially in the Nigeria Delta region during the recent presidential election.
According to him, the business of politics is to serve and better the lot of the people, and not to maim, kill or destroy them.
The governor who spoke during the monthly executive council meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the state secretariat in Yenagoa, decried the violence that was recorded during the election in the state. He noted that no single crisis happened in Katsina and Adamawa states where the two major contestant hail from.
“Our leaders are so primitive. Why is it that in the Niger-Delta region, which is mostly the Ijaw areas, we always fight ourselves? They bring soldiers to kill their own brothers in the name of politics”
“Did you hear that they killed people in Katsina and Adamawa states?. Tell our Ijaw brothers to bring development to the Ijaw areas and not to kill the people.”
He spoke further: “As we prepare for the forthcoming elections, there’s a big work to be done. We have to prepare. In the last elections we didn’t contest against APC but federal might who came to kill our people.
“We suffered a lot in their hands and we never lost any election apart from the ones they hijacked which we will recover soon in the court.”
Dickson, who commended the stakeholders for the support during the last elections and words of encouragement, disclosed that thousands of displaced persons were still fleeing their communities due to intimidation by the military forces.
He wondered that if the opposition could do all that to get power in a general election, what could happen in an isolated Bayelsa election.
His words: “This time it will be the state system against the federal system, and with all of you leaders supporting us we will overcome. I hereby appeal for prayers, while we are also consulting together for a successful outcome.”