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Bayelsa one of the most stable, peaceful states in Niger Delta, Nigeria - Dickson

Oct 17, 2019 | The Newsroom
Bayelsa one of the most stable, peaceful states in Niger Delta, Nigeria - Dickson

Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson said he was looking forward to a fair and peaceful Governorship election in the state.

The Governor who made this known on the sideline of a meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and Governors of oil producing states of the Niger Delta, said Bayelsa was known for restiveness and militancy prior to his taking charge in 2012, but that the narrative had changed.

He said that his collaboration with Security Agencies, community and opinion leaders as well as all strata of the people and leaders had brought stability to the state.

Dickson said he was hopeful that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would win the election as it was the largest and most formidable party in the state.

On security, he said that Bayelsa was one of the most stable states in the Niger Delta and could also pass for the most stable and peaceful state in Nigeria.

“So, we are concerned about maintaining the current momentum of stability which is a necessary pre-condition for any kind of development.

“Talking about development in all spheres, you know that I and my team in Bayelsa, in the last eight years ,have advanced the frontiers of development in all sectors.

“In education, in healthcare, in critical infrastructure, in that tough and difficult terrain, everybody is happy about developments.

“So, my call back home to all politicians, parties and all institutions of government, particularly the INEC and the Security Agencies, is that all hands must be on deck.

“We have very unfortunate instances where in election, you see unnecessary violence, carnage, brigandage, maiming and displacement of people.

“In Bayelsa, we have Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) you guys don’t know about; you don’t talk much about it,’’ he said.

He said that politics was about management of dissent, management of conflicting interests and sometimes, management of ego.

Dickson said he was good at reconciliation as he was leading reconciliation efforts, getting different stakeholders at state and national levels for peace.

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