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Southern Ijaw: I'm confident of victory – Dickson

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Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson on Thursday expressed

optimism that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would win overwhelmingly

in Southern Ijaw LGA anytime the Independent National Electoral Commission

(INEC) fixes the date to conduct the re-scheduled election.

Governor Dickson who stated this at a PDP stakeholders meeting in

Yenagoa, described the area as the strongest fortress of the party being

the home of the Governor-General of the Ijaw Nation, late Chief Diepreye

Alamieyeseigha.
Besides, the PDP boasts of other staunch foundational members of the

party which include the Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Konbowei

Benson, Chief of Staff Government House, Rt. Hon. Talford Ongolo and

Chief Patrick Osunu in addition to the fact that the area witnessed the

least defection in the build up to the December 5th Governorship

election.
Describing the election that took place on Sunday as a charade, Governor

Dickson wondered why the main opposition party would claim to have scored

over 80,000 votes in an area where they do not have any strong

followership.
According to him, the opposition connived with the military to undermine

the security of the electorate and INEC staff in order to manipulate the

electoral process knowing fully well that the local government had the

second largest voter strength.
Commending the people of the Southern Ijaw for their courage and

resilience in the face intimidation and harassment during the last

election, the Governor said all what the people desire is for INEC to

provide a level playing ground by strictly adhering to the guidelines of

the electoral act.
Governor Dickson who used the forum to re-constitute the Bayelsa Elders

Council headed by Air Vice Marshal Larry Koinyan (rtd), also appreciated

the various roles played by the caucus chairmen of the PDP that enabled

the party to achieve the success it has recorded so far.

He said Senator Nimi Barigha Amange is the Deputy Chairman, while the

three vice chairmen representing the senatorial districts are, East- King

Amalate Turner, West-Rt. Hon. Peremobowei Ebebi and Central-Chief Patrick

Osunu with Chief Thompson Okorotie to serve as Secretary.

Responding, Chairman of the Elders Council, Air Vice Marshal Larry Koinyan

(rtd) expressed appreciation for the confidence reposed in him to serve

the people and pledged to collaborate with members of the council towards

repositioning the Ijaw nation.
Also speaking, the state acting PDP chairman, Chief Serena Dokubo Spiff

urged all to remain steadfast as the election was not yet over, but

expressed optimism that PDP would carry the day.
ENDS…
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