The All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman, Adams Oshiomole, has urged all Bayelsans to vote massively for the party in Saturday’s governorship election, advising them not to vote for that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which he alleged has kept them in darkness for eight years.
Oshiomole, who spoke Wednesday in Yenagoa during the grand finale of APC’s rally, advised Bayelsans not to make the mistake of voting for the PDP, maintaining that “(Governor Seriake) Dickson belongs to history because it is one man one vote.”
Oshiomole accused the governor of mismanaging Bayelsa family as a people adding that power intoxicated him and nobody else matters.
“Sylva said Dickson is panicking, why will he not panic when there is a Lyon coming to ask him questions? Dickson actually deserves our sympathy. Let him not resort to violence in this election and complicate the problem of jaw. It won’t help him.
He alleged Dickson was so intoxicated with power to the extent that he disrespected even the leaders that made him to come to power, adding that David Lyon (the APC candidate) knows the importance of humility because he knows what poverty is.
“On Saturday you must all go out and vote for APC. We don’t believe in violence adding that Governor Dickson should not resort to violence.”
Oshiomhole warned Dickson against resorting to violence, saying such desperate move would further plunge him deeper into problems.
“Dickson is panicking. How can he not panic when the real Lyon has arrived? Who will not panic when you cannot point at the schools you have built and a Lyon is coming?
“Won’t you panic when you borrow as much as Dickson has borrowed to do things that people cannot see and now a Lyon is coming to ask questions?
“He knows the meaning of poverty and he understands how poverty dehumanizes. He has struggled against forces and he is an example of what is possible when a man is focused.
“I believe that the people of Bayelsa state by coming out to vote for Lyon will be making a bold statement that in democracy anybody who is focused, determined and relate with people and community can be supported to a position of authority. Dickson will soon find out that democracy is a leveler and an equalizer.
“In an election, you are either a winner or a looser. As we come out on Saturday, come out and cast your votes for APC. David Lyon is a home-bred man. He has been using his resources to take care of his people. When he becomes governor, Bayelsa will change”, he said.
Also speaking, the Minister of State for Petroleum and former governor of the state, Timipre Sylva, said Dickson has received over N1 trillion since he came on board but can’t point to anything he achieved for the state.
According to him, the PDP was attacking APC members and shopping for court judgments to stop the opposition from contesting the election.
“But what can you see in Bayelsa? It is the darkness that we can see everywhere. Governor Dickson said he had built an airport. A few days ago, he brought some people to come and walk on the tarmac. I thought he was going to bring planes to land on the tarmac.
“The biggest shame is that this airport is the most expensive airport in the world. So far, Dickson has spent N91billion. He owes N58.2billion on the airport to banks.
“So you can see why Dickson is very desperate because he knows that he has taken Bayelsa people for a ride. He knows that he had done nothing and he had taken us into debt more than anything else.”
David Lyon in his statement said for almost eight years the PDP and Governor Dickson has been ruling the state in darkness marinating that he knows what development is all about.
“I’m close to you people and let me assure you that come November 16 and as I’m sworn in as governor, Bayelsa will see light. For eight years insecurity has been the order of the day. I know what it takes to give security and to solve the problem of insecurity.
“APC is not coming to deceive you people, the PDP for eight as deceived people. They have stolen all our money. This time, November 16 vote for the APC”, Lyon said.
No fewer than 20 political parties and their candidates, led by the chairman of All Blending Party (ABP), Willy Ifidi, declared their support for Lyon and promised to deliver 20,000 votes to ensure his election.