Bayelsa poll: Dickson accuses security forces of aiding electoral violence

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Bayelsa Governor Seriake Dickson has accused security forces of aiding electoral violence with the intent to subvert the will of the people.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, quoted the governor as making the allegation on Thursday while playing host to the European Union Ambassador to Nigeria and Head of the EU Delegation to ECOWAS, Mr. Ketil Karlson and the Polish Ambassador to Nigeria, Joanna Tarnawska, at the Government House, Yenagoa.

The Governor recalled that a Government House Photographer, Reginald Dei, and a Peoples Democratic Party Leader , Mr. Seidougha Taribi and others were killed during the last Presidential election in the state.

Dickson said that election should not be seen as a war situation which must evoke fear and terror in the electorate.

He stressed that the conduct of every election should been seen as an opportunity to deepen the democratic process through the conduct of free fair, and credible election devoid of violence and deaths.

He also condemned the situation where over 2000 persons were chased out of Bassambiri community in Nembe local government area by armed militias during the last election.

He lamented that the Bayelsa citizens who were chased out of the community because of their political affiliation were living as internally displaced persons and had not returned to their community.
Bayelsa Governor Seriake Dickson has accused security forces of aiding electoral violence with the intent to subvert the will of the people.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, quoted the governor as making the allegation on Thursday while playing host to the European Union Ambassador to Nigeria and Head of the EU Delegation to ECOWAS, Mr. Ketil Karlson and the Polish Ambassador to Nigeria, Joanna Tarnawska, at the Government House, Yenagoa.

The Governor recalled that a Government House Photographer, Reginald Dei, and a Peoples Democratic Party Leader , Mr. Seidougha Taribi and others were killed during the last Presidential election in the state.

Dickson said that election should not be seen as a war situation which must evoke fear and terror in the electorate.

He stressed that the conduct of every election should been seen as an opportunity to deepen the democratic process through the conduct of free fair, and credible election devoid of violence and deaths.

He also condemned the situation where over 2000 persons were chased out of Bassambiri community in Nembe local government area by armed militias during the last election.

He lamented that the Bayelsa citizens who were chased out of the community because of their political affiliation were living as internally displaced persons and had not returned to their community.

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