The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the inconclusive governorship election in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, has warned the state governor and Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Seriake Dickson, to desist from disparaging and denigrating the person and office of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Service Chiefs over the stalemated polls.
Sylva said while Governor Dickson was entitled to freedom of expression as guaranteed by the constitution, his increasing verbal tirades and veiled threats against the person of President Buhari is an open display of disrespect to the office of the President and a show of desperation to remain in office.
The APC governorship candidate in a statement issued yesterday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital by Chief Nathan Egba, the Director of Media and Publicity of his campaign organisation, stated that “Dickson’s almost daily rituals of insulting Mr. President, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF), the Military High Command and other senior citizens of the country because of an election he was not able to win, is no longer acceptable to say the least.
“The recent frequent outbursts on radio and television stations were unwarranted and unbecoming of a Governor. How can Dickson continue to incite Bayelsa people against the FG, security agencies, INEC and every other official just because of the Bayelsa governorship election?
“These are few of the numerous unguarded statements by Governor man-hoodson, a man who took an oath to defend the constitution. Governor Dickson had alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari, wanted to win Bayelsa state for the APC by all means and that the consequence ‘of any attempts to undermine the Ijaw people would be disastrous’ while also describing the Nigerian army as ‘army of occupation that must be driven out of Ijaw land’”.
The Sylva/Igiri Campaign Organization said it was compelled to make public these inciting statements by Governor Dickson as recorded from the several radio broadcasts to the Security Agencies for further investigation.
“For the avoidance of doubt, however, all the allegations leveled against President Muhammadu Buhari, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Minister of Defence and the security agencies deployed for the election in Bayelsa are false, baseless and the figment of the imagination of Governor Dickson and the PDP. Nigerians and the world know that President Buhari remains a man of honour and integrity who has not shown any bias in this election, being an apostle of transparent, free and fair electoral process.
“Unfortunately, Mr. President’s desire to conduct free, fair and credible elections, devoid of violence has been truncated by the violent acts and electoral fraud perpetrated by Governor Dickson and his PDP thugs imported into Bayelsa state to compromise the election”, the statement concluded.
Source:: Information Nigeria