Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, has said he would abide by the verdict of the people of the state in the upcoming governorship election.
“You are the masters of your communities. Vote, stay there until the results are declared in every unit. I am willing to abide by your verdict. I have spent the past couple of years, providing service and leadership in the circumstances that we have found ourselves”, Gov. Dickson said.
He also called on the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva, and other members of the opposition, to work with his administration in delivering a credible, free, fair and peaceful election on December 5.
Dickson spoke during a live radio and television interview programme monitored in Yenagoa, the state capital on Saturday.
He said, “I believe that this election is a referendum on what we have done and it’s also a referendum on who you are. The whole world is also waiting to see where you will stand as a proud Ijaw man or woman with all these developmental efforts
“This election is beyond me. This election is essentially about you, it is about your honour, respect and dignity and most importantly it is about your future”.
Dickson, who is the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, described the election as an isolated one and called on Bayelsans not to allow themselves to be intimidated in their various communities.
While assuring them that their votes would count, Dickson disclosed that the state government had received assurances from the Federal Government that the oncoming election would be free and fair as a combined team of special police mobile squad and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, would be deployed in the state to conduct the election.
Expressing optimism that the new INEC team would aspire to do better than their predecessors, Gov. Dickson said the election would serve as a referendum on the stand of the Ijaw as a people.
He added, “There will be no molestation. I like to use this opportunity to assure you that you will be safe. Don’t allow the criminals and the ungodly to intimidate you from doing what is right. “Feel free to vote according to your conscience. You will not only vote; your votes will count. “This election is a single election and the whole nation and international observers will be here and voting will take place in your communities”.
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