Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of planning mayhem and manipulation in the November 16 governorship election.
The governor, who spoke in a media chat in Yenagoa, said APC did not have what it takes to win election in a peaceful and democratic atmosphere.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Fidelis Soriwei, maintained that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would beat its major opposition.
He said the PDP candidate, Senator Douye Diri, had a robust history of productive public service driven by his passion and love for Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation.
He said the outcome of the APC primaries reflected the pitiable credentials of the party and its level of unpreparedness. Dickson called on the media to provide a platform for candidates to debate issues; party manifestoes, the polity and development.
The statement reads: “This election is a very important one where you will either vote for stability or instability, security or insecurity, development or retrogression. But knowing the kind of people you are, I know the party you will vote for.
“The candidates are all there. As a party, we are preparing to start our campaigns. I know the other side (APC) is not prepared for election; they are preparing to kill and maim. They are preparing for a fight and intimidate our people. As usual, they are also preparing to write and announce fake results. But my party will be going to all the nooks and crannies to talk to the people.
“I urge you all to shun violence. Say no to those young men carrying arms and driving their brothers and sisters from their communities because of partisan differences.
“I again call on security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities. I also call on the community leaders to rise to the occasion because communities are bigger than political parties. The historical, cultural and even the blood we share are more important than any partisan differences.”