2019:Nigerians not safe to vote,Seriake Dickson warns

2019:Nigerians not safe to vote,Seriake Dickson warns

Nigerians not safe to vote, Dickson warns
The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, on Friday warned that Nigerians were not safe to cast their votes in the forthcoming elections owing to threats by some political actors, especially in his state.
Dickson, who raised the alarm during a press briefing in Yenagoa, accused the opposition of colluding with some security operatives of stockpiling arms to cause mayhem during the election.
The governor expressed concern over the influx of arms into the state in recent times while the security agencies looked the other way.
According to the governor, his administration has been receiving reports on the activities of such politicians whose mission is to turn the Ijaw nation into shreds like the strongholds of Boko Haram.
He said, “We have to be concerned about the safety of our voters first before anything else. It is the job of security agencies to guarantee the safety of voters. A country where lives and property are not protected is a failed state. That is a ‘shithole’ country. So, nobody should blame President Donald Trump when he said African leaders were presiding over ‘shithole’ countries.
“In this country, we have had several instances where security men and women in uniform collude with criminals and terrorists to rig elections and undermine the peace and stability of states like Bayelsa.
“We now have partisan security officials who have become an armed wing of the ruling party. They are not interested in peace, law and order; their concern is more in political conquest than maintenance of law and order in this state.”
Dickson called on the people not to despair but to turn out en masse to vote for candidates of their choice.
He expressed optimism that the Peoples Democratic Party would clinch victory at the polls, and urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to provide a level playing field for all candidates.

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