The All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed the claims made by the Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson that election did not hold in the state on November I6.
Speaking in Abuja on Monday, Governor Dickson had told journalists that there was an alleged conspiracy of security agents that marred the November I6 election in the state. He also decried the violence which he said was unleashed on supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nembe, a few days to the election.
But in a statement on Tuesday, Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary, said “If Governor Dickson should stand before the mirror, he would see a clown, a prodigal son, and a failure, all rolled into one.“
“He should sit down to ask himself critical questions: How did he waste the opportunity he had to become a hero in a state that badly needs one? A state with the 4th highest federal allocation among 36 states; benefitting from huge oil derivation funds; ranked 27th among 36 states in terms of landmass; least populated of the 36 states, yet has nothing to show for it.
“Governor Dickson should be accounting for his stewardship. He should account for how his oversized ego cost him and the PDP the governorship election in Bayelsa State. Governor Dickson, for eight years, did what a typical PDP governor would do: He ran a directionless government, he squandered the state resources, and had no traceable positive impact on Bayelsa State.
“Rather than sounding ridiculous in an attempt to look for a scapegoat by blaming everyone else besides himself, Governor Dickson should explain how he singlehandedly chased away other PDP leaders,” Issa-Onilu said.
He stated that it is not the way of APC to intimidate voters or arm-twist the agencies involved in the electoral process. “We actually had an easy victory in Bayelsa. Thanks to Governor Dickson himself for making victory easy for us. Dickson failed woefully on all fronts,” he said.
He lamented the level of underdevelopment in Bayelsa State. “There are no roads, no schools, no hospitals, and no visible improvement on their social life.
“On Monday, it was disclosed by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) that the inoperative and non functional N60 billion Bayelsa International Airport which Governor Dickson “launched” in February was constructed without perimeter fencing, the number one safety requirement for any airport.
“Surprisingly, Governor Dickson still wonders why the PDP lost the Bayelsa Governorship election.”