TVC E, POLITICS – The All Progressives Congress in Bayelsa state has warned Governor Seriake Dickson to not let his personal ambition damage the state.
The party’s State Chairman Tiwe Oruminighe, who spoke in Yenagoa, the state capital, told Dickson to draw a line between his ambitions and the collective interest of the state.
Oruminighe said Dickson had shown desperation, restlessness and excessive ambition in his quest to get a second term, without considering the interests of the people.
The party chairman said the governor initially described former militants as criminals, but later turned to the same people to help him secure a second term.
He regretted that Dickson, who was preaching against federal might before the election, had resorted to the use of local might to allegedly rig the election.
Oruminighe said: “The governor is full of deceits. I want Bayelsans to know that the governor is the person who will be doing something but will be shouting to deceive the people about what he is doing.”
The APC chieftain said it was appalling that Dickson allegedly seized the airspace to incite the residents against themselves to advance his ambition.
He added: “In the elections that took place in Ekeremor, Sagbama and Nembe, which he claimed he won, were marred by violence. A minister’s house was under fire, but the governor accused the minister. He did not talk about the safety of the minister. The governor is inciting Bayelsans against Bayelsans. He would call the chiefs and the people and incite them.
“It is a pity that those who are supposed to act as the custodians of our traditional institutions should be part of the problem because of the money they collect.
“The governor’s desperation is becoming too obvious and he has become so restless. He talks about people as if people do not know him in Bayelsa before.
“Look at the way Dickson became the governor of this state – through violence. If you remember, the flag bearer of the party, who was the then the incumbent governor, was removed from office by force. It was like a military coup. Dickson, as a governor, came through the back door. That is why he is so scared. I feel that he has never contested an election before.
“As the days go by, he becomes more desperate, saying all kinds of things…”