Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, has yet again, stressed that he’d defeat the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Timipre Sylva, in the supplementary governorship election in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.
A rerun election will be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission in Southern Ijaw LGA and 101 other units across six LGAs on Saturday.
While addressing a press conference titled ‘State of affairs in the past couple of weeks’ on Monday, Dickson, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, said he would roundly defeat the APC.
The incumbent governor said he had alerted the people of Southern Ijaw to guard against snatching of ballot boxes, electoral materials and manipulation of the process by the opposition candidate and his agents.
The governor described APC as a desperate party that was determined to “expand their scope across the Atlantic (Ocean).”
“I have mobilised Southern Ijaw people and no one will be able to hijack electoral materials and take them to their homes to manipulate the process.
“The party, APC, is desperate. Their candidate is desperate. I hear they want to expand their empire across the Atlantic.”
Furthermore, Dickson warned the Federal Government that it would be laying the foundation for another insurgency if non-state actors are allowed to carry arms and compromise the security of Bayelsa.
“I hereby restate my call on all federal institutions that have a role to play in the election to be non-partisan in order not to undermine the integrity of the electoral process and the nation’s democracy.”