By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, has said the All Progressives Congress, APC, does not have the political will to pose a threat to his re-election bid in the December 5 governorship election in the state.
Dickson, was accompanied by ex-Bayelsa governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, at the 2015 Ojude Oba festival in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, where he was special guest.
The governor, while fielding questions from newsmen, said the APC only engaged in propaganda against his administration in the run-up to the poll.
He urged people of the state and other Nigerians to discountenance the criticisms and allegations against his party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, by the APC chieftains.
“For all of us in Bayelsa, we know there is no challenge, contest nor threat of any kind. All you have heard or read about us is propaganda. There is no APC in Bayelsa to threaten us,” he stated.
On the Ojude Oba festival, Dickson, who said that his late mother hailed from Ijebu-Ode, commended the people for huge investment in promotion of cultural heritage.
The governor advised parents to always teach their children about culture and tradition, saying such would help in fostering development and nation-building.
His words: “I’m not here today for politics, I’m here to honour our father and also to celebrate with my friends and others in the regberegbes, particularly my own group, the Jagunmolus, and all the people of our country from far and near.
“I am very delighted with the colourful cultural display that I have seen here today. This is what we have been preaching back then, we want our children to know about our tradition and culture and to make them know that our tradition still has dignity.“
Dignitaries at the event included the Ogun State Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Onanuga; former governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Senator Daisy Danjuma, Senator Adegbenga Kaka, Senator Lekan Mustapha, and Hon. Adesegun Adekoya.
Others are Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, business mogul, Otunba Subomi Balogun; National President of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Waheed Odusile, state Head of Service, Mrs Modupe Adekunle, and chairman of Globacom, Otunba Mike Adenuga, who was represented by the company’s Business Director, Ayo Ogunranti.
The Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, said the Ijebu people are proud of their roots and cultural heritage, adding that they would not relent in making significant contributions to Nigeria’s socio-economic and political development.