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Dickson Explains Visit To Southern Ijaw Community On Election Day

Posted: Dec 13, 2015 at 4:31 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma,Yenagoa

Bayelsa State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Seriake Dickson, has given reasons for his visit to Southern Ijaw Local Government Council on December 6, the day of the rescheduled governorship election in the area.

Dickson made the clarification on Sunday through Jonathan Obuebite, the Director of Publicity of his campaign team, Bayelsa Restoration Campaign Organization.

His explanation came on the heels of claims by Brigadier-General Stevenson Olabanji, Commander, 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in charge of ‘Operation Safe Conduct’ for the Bayelsa election that “the sudden appearance of one of the governorship candidates fueled the violence in Oporoma”.

Dickson said he stormed Oporoma, headquarters of the LGA, because “security concerns were still at all-time high” after Saturday’s election was shifted to Sunday for the area.

He stated that as the Chief Security Officer of Bayelsa it was imperative for him to visit Oporoma to see things for himself.

He insisted that he acted well within his rights and out of genuine concern for life and property.

Dickson said the security outfit under Olabanji failed to acknowledge that it erred by not heeding his advice and those of INEC officials and ad hoc staff to postpone the election in Southern Ijaw following the gun duel between troops and militants throughout Friday night and Saturdaymorning.

The governor said Olabanji lied that his presence heightened insecurity in Oporoma which resulted in large-scale violence.

Dickson said he visited the area hours before the election started.

“Unfortunately, the JTF (‘Operation Safe Conduct’) lied that the governor’s presence further heightened insecurity in the area.

“That’s so cheeky and it only clearly shows that the military was indeed compromised.

“The governor went to Oporoma, headquarters of Southern Ijaw LGA, out of genuine concern for the security of lives of the citizens.

“He went there as early as 7am long before the commencement of election”, the campaign organisation said.