By Samuel Oyadongha

Yenagoa—The Restoration Campaign Organisation of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in Bayelsa State, Governor Seriake Dickson, has raised alarm over an alleged plot by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to import women groups from neighbouring states to protest against the re-election bid of the governor.

Director, Media and Publicity of RCO, Jonathan Obuebite, in a statement in Yenagoa, noted that intelligence report at his disposal indicates that “The women are expected to display anti-Dickson placards to deceive unsuspecting Bayelsans with the intention of painting the performing and gender-friendly governor as anti-women in the eyes of women.”

Governor Henry Seriake Dickson
Governor Henry Seriake Dickson

The statement added: “The Bayelsa State chapter of APC, and its governorship candidate in the December 5 poll have perfected plans to import women groups from neighbouring states to protest in Yenagoa against Dickson’s re-election bid.

“According to the intelligence we gathered through our network, the women will pose as if they were Bayelsans and go nude on the streets to demonstrate their dislike for the PDP and Governor Dickson.

“The Restoration Campaign Organisation of Governor Dickson wishes to draw the attention of Bayelsans, the Ijaw nation, the entire country and the international community to this sham and the desperation of the APC to capture Bayelsa by hook or crook.

“RCO is, however, confident that the APC candidate is a bad product that cannot win election in the state because he has already been rejected by majority of Bayelsans and the gods of the land. RCO, therefore, calls on all well-meaning women, Bayelsans and the international community to disregard any protest against the governor.

“Dickson has since assumption of office on February 14, 2012 empowered women politically and economically. Through the intervention of Governor Dickson, the Bayelsa State House of Assembly has for the first time in the history of the state produced four women lawmakers and one House of Reps member.

“Many women have also held sensitive positions in the restoration government of Dickson, including the post of Head of Service and juicy commissioner positions; the crowning glory of which is the position of state Chief Judge which is occupied by a woman.”



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