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Dickson Postpones Re-election Campaign Flag-off

Posted: Oct 13, 2015 at 3:17 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma,Yenagoa

Bayelsa State governor Seriake Dickson on Tuesday announced the postponement of the official flag-off of his re-election campaign earlier scheduled to hold this Saturday, October 17,2015 in Yenagoa.

He  explained that the postponement was in honour of the late first civilian governor of the state, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.

Dickson, who announced the postponement during a special media broadcast to the people of the state in Yenagoa, did not give a new date for the official campaign flag-off.

He said the state government was determined to give Alamieyeseigha a befitting state burial.

“The state government is determined to accord him a befitting state burial. In this regard, a high-powered burial committee led by the Deputy Governor (John Jonah) has been constituted.

“This committee will work out details of the programme with the family and other relevant stakeholders”, he said.

He condemned  the controversies surrounding his demise and appealed to the people of the Ijaw nation at home and in the diaspora to maintain law and order.

Dickson also deplored “the propaganda and orchestrated harrassment that led to the untimely death of the Governor-General” and called on the people of the state and Ijaw nation not to take the laws into their hands as they mourn his death.

He eulogised Alamieyeseigha, noting that the country and the Ijaw nation in particular had  lost a foremost statesman and leader, who did not only serve the nation as a military officer, but also dedicated himself to passionate and committed service to Bayelsa and the entire Ijaw nation  as governor and in other capacities.

“His selfless devotion and service to Bayelsa State and the entire Ijaw nation earned him the sobriquet, Governor-General of the ijaw nation  in his lifetime.

“To us as a people at this trying time, this sad incident should serve to unite us and to rededicate ourselves to the ideals that he stood for.

“We acknowledge the anger, disappointment and the sense of outrage felt by our people at home and in the diaspora, well-meaning Nigerians and others around the world for the way and manner he was harassed and forced to abandon his treatment abroad.

“However, this is not a time for recriminations and divisions but rather a time for sober reflections. I therefore call on all and sundry, particularly the youths, to remain calm and maintain the peace as we mourn our departed leader”, he said.

The Bayelsa state government had on Monday declared a seven-day mourning in Alamieyeseigha’s honour with the directive that all flags in all public buildings and premises across the state be flown at half mast for the period.

The government further announced that condolence registers have been opened in Government House, the state secretariat complex and Ijaw House, all in Yenagoa, and the Bayelsa  liaison offices in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt in honour of the deceased.