A group, the Patriots of Ijaw Nation (PIN), has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP candidate and Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson was scheming to cause mayhem in the re-scheduled Gubernatorial election in the Southern Ijaw local government of the state.
PIN in a statement by its Publicity Secretary Kesiye Newman, claimed that Dickson had perfected plan to deploy militans from Delta and Rivers state to cause violence and scare away people from the polls.
The PIN statement reads:
We, members of Patriots of ijaw Nation (PIN), write to alert the general public, the Nigeria Police, the Military, and other security agencies to a plot by the governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson, and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to cause mayhem with a view to achieving dry voting at the upcoming supplementary elections in the state. The conspiracy is so alarming that we have decided not to ignore it, particularly, because of the innocent lives that could be lost in the process.
We are aware that Dickson and the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Konbowei Benson, who is from Korokorosei, in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, have held a meeting where they perfected a plan to move into Bayelsa State a combined team of militants from Rivers and Delta states, who will be camped at the Speaker’s country home at Korokorosei. The purpose is to use the militants to cause mayhem and violence during the January 9, 2016 elections in the state. Monies have been sent to Korokorosei to support the plan.
The same team of militants that went to attack the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, during the December 5, 2015 election has been engaged to do this dastardly act in order to scare away voters.
Governor Dickson had earlier called a meeting with all militants in Government House, where monies were disbursed and promises made of more largesse if the armed groups could successfully disrupt the coming elections, especially in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area. That way, it would be easier for Dickson and PDP to maintain their lead in the inconclusive governorship elections.
We have it on good authority that the governor has been shielding Mr. Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo), who is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, inside Government House, Yenagoa, obviously, for a prominent role in the plan to ensure sufficient disruption of the coming elections.
Dickson has also involved the Nigeria Police. He has asked the state police command to invite ex-militants in the state, particularly those believed to be supporting the All Progressives Congress, to a meeting in Government House today, January 4, 2015. The aim of the meeting, we have been told, is to arrest those among the former agitators that fail to switch their support to PDP and detain them until after the elections.
It has since become public knowledge that Dickson and his group are buying off permanent voter cards in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area in order to ensure low voter turnout and scare away people from the voting process.
Already, arms and ammunitions are being moved in to facilitate the evil scheme by the governor and his party.
Patriots of Ijaw Nation (PIN) condemns this nefarious plot against the people by Governor Dickson and his party. We call on the security agencies to investigate this before the elections are marred by violence.
Southern Ijaw is very critical to determining the winner of any state-wide election in Bayelsa. Dickson knows this, and knowing also that the people of the local government council have overwhelmingly thrown their weight behind APC and Sylva, Dickson is desperately doing everything possible to mar the elections there. But we are determined to make sure his evil plans fail.