Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says there is panic in the camp of Seriake Dickson, governor of Bayelsa, over the impending a defeat of his candidate in Saturday’s governorship election.
Oshiomhole spoke at the rally held in support of David Lyon, governorship candidate of the APC, at the Oxbow Lake Pavilion in Yenagoa, on Tuesday.
The APC chairman mocked the government of the state, saying Dickson, who is seeking to have Diri Douye, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), succeed him, ”mismanaged the Bayelsa family as a people”.
He alleged that all the funds allocated to the state by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari were misappropriated.
He said owing state workers is enough reason for the people to “punish him” with their votes.
“Dickson is panicking, how can he not panic when the Lion has arrived. Who will not panic when you cannot point at the schools you have built and the Lion is coming; when you borrowed as much as he has borrowed to do things that people cannot see and now a Lion is coming to ask questions, why won’t you panic?” Oshiomhole asked.
“When you are been accused of spending almost N100 billion to construct less than three and a half kilometers runway but nothing is running, and there is no way and the Lion is coming to ask you to account, won’t you panic?”
“So, I think Governor Dickson deserves our sympathy. But the best he can do is not to complicate his own problem by resorting to violence.
“He saw power as something that intoxicates, nobody else matters, everybody was to serve him even those who have held senior national positions that helped him to where he is today.
“The Lion has grown up in this community, he has experienced what the ordinary Bayelsans have experienced. He understands how poverty dehumanises. He is an example of what is possible when a man is focused,” he said.
“Today, I believe that the people of Bayelsa state by coming out on Saturday to vote for one of your own, you will be making a bold statement that indeed this democracy that anybody who is focused who is determined, who empowers ordinary people, when he is out for change you will support him.
“Dickson will soon find out that democracy is an equalizer. When you think that you are bigger than anyone, on election day you will discover that the unemployed, the deprived, the abused, the deceived on that day they are all equal.”
In his remarks, Lyon expressed gratitude to Bayelsans for their support promising better days if elected governor.
“Let me assure you that I know what is development, I am somebody who is close to you and I want to assure Bayelsans, Bayelsa will see development,” Lyon said.
“APC is not coming to deceive you people, no. Let me tell you that this election is not about David Lyon, it is about Bayelsa state, so let us stand firm to vote PDP out of this state.”