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Bayelsa APC, Southern Ijaw LG Boss, Bicker Over Dickson

Posted: Dec 27, 2015 at 2:54 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


By Igoniko Oduma,Yenagoa

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State and the chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government Council, Remember Ogbe, are bickering over an alleged assault on him by Governor Seriake Dickson because the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost the governorship election in the area.

The APC had claimed in a statement by the Sylva-Igiri Campaign Organisation’s Director of Media and Publicity, Nathan Egba, that Dickson beat up Ogbe at Government House,Yenagoa, for not “delivering” the PDP in Southern Ijaw after spending a huge sum of money.

Condemning the alleged attack, the opposition party expressed concern over what it termed “the unbecoming violent actions of Governor Seriake Dickson”, after it became clear that he lost the rescheduled poll in  Southern Ijaw on December 6,2015.

“Dickson was reportedly so disappointed with the PDP’s dismal performance in the area that he invited the elected Chairman of the area, Chief Remember Ogbe to Government House and gave him the beating of his life”, the APC alleged.

It said it was unacceptable that as elected government officials one would administer such inhuman treatment on the other all because of election.

“Whereas Bayelsa people are constantly poking fun at Chief Ogbe for his humiliating treatment in the Bayelsa State Government House, it is important to note that there is no place in a democracy and rule of law for such barbaric acts.

“More so, we believe that in humiliating ?the Executive Chairman of Southern Ijaw for the poor performance of the PDP in his LGA, the Governor was in fact humiliating the entire people of the LGA”, the party said.

The APC argued that it was wrong for the governor to invite the Amassoma-born  Ogbe to his official residence and dealt him blows “for allowing the APC dominate the length and breadth of Southern Ijaw during the cancelled elections”.

It noted that  Dickson had become used to assaulting and harassing people and getting away with it as he had, during the election,  stormed the Central Collation Centre at Yenagoa  City Council Hall and threatened other party agents and later went to Oporoma, the Southern Ijaw headquarters, to attempt to disrupt the sharing of election materials.

Although Dickson had yet to react to the allegation, Ogbe, who was reportedly ferried away to a hospital in Warri, Delta State, for treatment, said on Sunday that the story of attack on him was a figment of the imagination of the APC concocted by its candidate, Timipre Sylva, to smear the governor’s democratic credentials.

“The  good news is that Bayelsans cannot be swayed by the APC propaganda because the public knows that Sylva and the promoters of APC in the state are merchants of violence while Governor Dickson and PDP have in the past three years restored peace and prosperity to our people.

“The  people of Bayelsa in general and Southern Ijaw in particular have rejected Sylva and APC’’, said Ogbe who pointed out that as the January 9 supplementary election in Southern Ijaw draws near, the former governor and his party were getting more desperate.

Debunking claims that Dickson spent so much money to buy votes, Ogbe also wondered why the APC would claim that the governor was angry for losing election in his council when there was no election at all in the first place.

“Southern Ijaw was riddled with violence and turned to a theatre of war by the APC. Election materials did not get to the polling units.

“INEC officials were kidnapped and these were the reasons why INEC cancelled the process and fixed January 9, 2016 for the election. So, how could the governor be angry with me for not delivering? This is the height of APC desperation and the discerning public must be weary of them.

‘‘Southern Ijaw is the stronghold of PDP and Dickson. Our party controls the grass roots, produced all the councilors, all members of the state House of Assembly and a member of the National Assembly.

“The Speaker of the House, Chief of Staff to Governor, commissioners, many appointees and above all, our leader, Chief DSP Alamiesiegha hailed from Southern Ijaw, so it is a win, win situation for PDP,’’ Ogbe said