By Samuel Oyadongha
GOVERNOR Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to convene an expanded emergency meeting of the National Council of State to discuss issues involving the postponement of last Saturday general election.
Dickson, who briefed newsmen in Yenagoa said the meeting apart from the normal members of council should comprise leaders of the security agencies and party candidates.
His words, “I call on President Buhari, in his capacity as the leader to convene an expanded meeting of the National Council of State.
“The meeting should be attended by the security chiefs, the candidates, and political leaders to examine the issues which could plunge our country into a prolonged constitutional crisis, a crisis of succession if not properly handled.
“It is at the end of the meeting that Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should pick a new date. I disagree with INEC on the unilateral choice of a date. I don’t believe all the challenges that INEC had could be resolved within six days, that the country should expect a hitch free election on Saturday.
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“In Bayelsa, INEC did not have the ballot papers for the Presidential election, necessary inks and some of the materials were not even customised. This contradicts the standard for which INEC is reputed over the years.
“This is important because our nation cannot afford another postponement on election date. I believe that before INEC should announce another date, we should have the expanded meeting of the National Council of States.
“Also, I hope that the President’s directive to deal ruthlessly with trouble makers during the elections would include leaders of his party in Bayelsa State who have been fomenting trouble. I take it as a presidential directive to go after such trouble makers.”