The Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has fired back at Governor Seriake Dickson for calling its governorship candidates a representation of militancy, terrorism, cultism and criminality.
The APC in a statement issued on Wednesday in Yenagoa, dismissed Dickson’s claims as habitual deception and mudslinging meant to malign the party.
In the statement signed by the party’s Secretary, Media and Publicity Committee APC Bayelsa state 2019 Governorship Campaign Council, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, the APC said the claim was “Dickson’s normal, customary and habitual trickery, meant to hide his nervousness by defaming the opponent, when jittery and faced with tough political opposition.”
The party added that; “At its elemental level, Governor Dickson’s deception machine has essentially run on creating falsehood around formidable opponents as a ploy to justify intended poll rigging and violence”
The full statement by the APC reads thus in full; “The most basic step in this criminal strategy, as the whole world is witnessing currently, has always been to identify intimidating rivals they cannot stand in a fair poll, cast mud at them, and then activate an electoral manipulation process, using thugs, corrupt officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and some dishonest security personnel.
“The immoral scheme had worked for Dickson in the past, but it will never work again.
“We know it as a matter of fact that Governor Dickson has converted the Bayelsa State Government House into a den of thieves and criminals. He even appointed known lawless elements as Local Government Council Caretaker Chairmen in the past.
“Bayelsa people have come to know Governor Dickson and his gang in PDP for what they are: a band of tricksters devoid of ideas and integrity.
“If not, why would a serious politician spend all his energy calling out and singing the name of an opponent at a campaign launch when the electorate are eager to hear and see what the one seeking their vote has in stock for them. As always, this demonstrates the emptiness of Dickson and his gang.
“APC is not distracted by those tricks and manifestation of defeat.
“Dickson and his cohorts in PDP will suffer the inevitable outcome of embodying the elemental forces of failure: they will be roundly defeated by APC at the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State.”
RIPPLES NIGERIA had earlier reported that Governor Dickson may have ruffled some feathers after he described the APC) joint ticket of Lyon/Degi Governorship election in the state, as a representation of terrorism.
While making the comments in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa, during the official inauguration of the gubernatorial campaign teams and secretariat, Governor Dickson said the APC after five years in the centre has done nothing but promote violence in different communities in Bayelsa.
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