Wake Up Bayelsa, WUB, a civil society group championing good governance in Bayelsa State and the Niger Delta, has said that re-electing Governor Seriake Dickson for another four years will consolidate the ongoing development, prosperity, peace and security in Bayelsa State. The group, in a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Mr. Timi John, also condemned the violence which characterised the poll in Southern Ijaw, Nembe, Brass and Ekeremor Local Government Areas.
The group accused the Federal Government of creating a conducive environment for the killings of innocent civilians by refusing to arrest the militants before, during and after the election even when President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies received petitions and intelligence on the deadly activities of the militant leaders. The group vowed to sue the Federal Government for murder of innocent Nigerians in the course of exercising their franchise.
The group said: “Prominent Bayelsans and traditional rulers wrote formal petitions to President Buhari and the security agencies particularly the Inspector General of Police, the Director of State Security on the activities of the militants but the government looked the other way.
“We have copies of these petitions. In deed when the Bayelsa State Police Command invited the militants for a meeting before the supplementary election, the two militant leaders shunned the police invitation.”
The group, meanwhile, commended Governor Dickson for cancelling the celebration of “his well-deserved victory in honour of the victims of election violence.”