By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Bayelsa State governor, Mr Seriake Dickson, has told non-indigenes in the state to regard themselves as indigenes and feel at home.
He made the remarks, when the non-indigenes, comprising the South-South, Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa communities resident in the state endorsed him for a second term.
The event, which took place at the Peace Park in Yenagoa, the state capital, had in attendance thousands of men and women who unanimously gave their support to the re-election of the governor.
Dickson, who was elated by the endorsement, said the non-indigenes were good people doing well in their various endeavours and should not harbour any fear of discrimination.
He said: “I always tell you people not to call yourselves non-indigenes. For me, you are all indigenes. Anybody living here, doing business with his family, living life normally like Bayelsa people, especially being a Nigerian, we are all one. We welcome all our brothers and sisters here doing things normally in peace. You are all indigenes of Bayelsa State.”
Dickson acknowledged the support of the non-indigenes to the his aspiration, saying he was aware that they had been supporting his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which he also noted was their party and hence should continue to do so.
He told the people not to be intimidated by the antics of the All Progressives Congress, APC, but come out on election day to cast their votes at their respective units and wait for the votes to be counted and results declared.
The governor said that the APC was no longer campaigning, because they do not have any meaningful message to tell the people, adding that Bayelsans have rejected them and that the message should be taken home to let everybody join what he said was “Operation reject APC and Sylva” at the election.