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Dickson vows to improve security and agriculture as he takes second term oath


Dickson vows to improve security, agric as he takes second term oath

At about 1pm, yesterday, the Valentine’s Day, Bayelsa State Governor. Seriake Dickson took the Oath of allegiance and the Oath of Office to begin his second term.
Dickson said his new term would focus on economic diversification, rural electrification scheme, massive investment in power to drive industrialization, youth empowerment and investment in agriculture. Former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, who recently attended a thanksgiving ceremony organised in
Port Harcourt by Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike, were absent at Dickson’s swearing-in and thanksgiving service.

But governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), members of the National Assembly, the PDP’s National Working Committee (NWC), the party’s Board of Trustee (BoT) members, traditional rulers and many stalwarts of the party witnessed the event at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex, Yenagoa. Some of the PDP governors in attendance were Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Dairus Ishaku (Taraba) and Dankwambo Ibrahim (Gombe).



The 2015 PDP governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje; Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio and his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Mr. Leo Ogori and a host of other dignitaries attended.

Chief Judge Justice Kate Abiri administered the oaths on the governor and his deputy John Jonah
Speaking after the traditional parade by the Police, Dickson said his victory was a testimony that the Ijaw nation had never been conquered.
“My victorious people of the Ijaw Nation who like our fathers before us have shown that this great and proud land of good and great people can never be conquered.

“The electoral contest for the governorship of our state will undoubtedly go into the annals of Nigerian political history as a reference point both for study and inspiration on how a people can rise to defend their democratic rights and dignity against forces of desperation and oppression”, he said.
He said having roundly defeated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Timipre Sylva, it would be foolhardy for some persons to think they could upturn his victory through the back door at the court.

He said: “This should send a clear message to those who think that a man who lost in seven out of eight LGAs in full glare of the world can somehow snatch victory through the back door by hoping to manipulate the judicial process just because his party controls the central government.

“The recent posture and pronouncements of the highest court of the land gives us confidence that such antics and schemes would not succeed.
“Politicians who seek authority to govern people in our democracy must derive power from the people’s vote freely expressed through the supremacy of the ballot box and not through subterfuge, intimidation, blackmail or manipulation. That is subversion of the constitution itself”.
The governor said he would not play politics with the security of lives and properties and vowed to consolidate on his administration’s gains on security.

He said his administration would work with the Federal Government to tackle kidnappers, cultists and other criminals who vandalised national economic assets.
He said the terms of the partnership should hing on the principles that no government officials should use their position to encourage or facilitate crimes.

“Similarly, security officials at federal or state levels should not be intimidated from executing their statutory functions for fear of retribution. Nobody, regardless of political persuasion should be allowed to subvert national institutions or undermine the security and stability of the State or the Nation.
“Our experience in Bayelsa State in the recent past has shown a tendency to misconstrue membership of the political party at the center as cover and license to kill, maim and destroy while security officials look on helplessly. Let us not allow partisanship to slide our country into anarchy. The consequences will be too grave”, he said.

He called on opposition party members to sheathe their swords and join hands with him to move the state forward.

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