Governor of Bayelsa State,Seriake Dickson has told federal and state governments,security operatives and the electoral umpire the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure peaceful conduct of the 2019 general elections.He said this during a meeting President Muhammadu Buhari had with with traditional rulers from Bayelsa and Rivers States. The meeting was held at the council secretariat of the monarchs in Yenagoa, the state capitalDickson also commended President Buhari for his “statesmanship and love for the country”.On his part, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State also called for a peaceful conduct of the elections.He expressed hope that parties and candidates abide by the rules of the electoral process.
The Chairman of the Bayelsa State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Majesty Alfred Diette-Spiff, who commended the President for the appointment of citizens of Bayelsa into key positions and the infrastructure projects being put in place, added that the state deserved more. His counterpart in Rivers State, Dr. Dandeson Douglas Jaja, King Jaja of Opobo, while calling for free and fair elections, also appealed to the President to ensure that security agents remained non-partisan throughout the exercise.
it will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari has met briefly behind closed door with Rivers State Governor,. Nyesom Wike.The meeting which was held inside the president’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja did not last up to 30 minutes.Governor wike arrived for the meeting at about 2pm and left a few minutes after.
The agenda of the meeting was not made public.The governor also did not speak with state house correspondents at the end of the short meeting.Meanwhile, the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide has warned that there will be more hostilities in the Niger Delta region if President Muhammadu Buhari does not probe unfair allocation of oil blocs in the country.President of the IYC, Udengs Eradiri gave the warning at a press conference held at the Ijaw House, Yenagoa, as part of activities to celebrate this year’s Isaac Boro day.
Many shops in the Bayelsa State capital were shut following a directive by the IYC.Eradiri’s warning came barely five days after the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) listed some oil blocs allegedly owned by prominent northerners and south-westerners in Niger Delta region.The IYC president blames the resurgence of hostilities in the region to what he calls the anti Niger Delta policies of President Buhari.
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