My Re-election Has Saved Nigeria From Drifting Into One-Party State – Governor Dickson

My Re-election Has Saved Nigeria From Drifting Into One-Party State – Governor Dickson

My Re-election Has Saved Nigeria From Drifting Into One-Party State – Governor Dickson

My Re-election Has Saved Nigeria From Drifting Into One-Party State – Governor Dickson

Governor-elect of Bayelsa, Seriake Dickson, on Thursday said his win at the polls is an indication that there is  hope for democracy in Nigeria.

Governor Dickson made the remark at the presentation of the certificate of return to him and his Deputy Governor-elect, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd), at the State Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Yenagoa.

According to the Governor-elect, Nigeria cannot be a one party state if the concept of one-man-one-vote is allowed to flourish, as it will go a long way in strengthening democratic principles.

Dedicating his victory at the just concluded Governorship election to God, Governor Dickson described his renewed mandate as a divine act to serve Bayelsans for another 4-year term.

The Governor, who noted that he has always put his trust in God, dedicated his victory to the people of the state, stressing that Bayelsans did not let him down.

Expressing appreciation to the people of Bayelsa for defying all odds to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party in the face of intimidation, he particularly commended the women and youths for their resilience in exercising their franchise.

His words: “I want to commend you all for your resilience, my good people of Bayelsa. By what you have done, you have saved democracy in Nigeria, you have shown that Nigeria cannot be a one prty state. I cannot thank you enough. I want to also commend the INEC staff and security agencies that went into the nooks and crannies of our state to carry out their national assignment.”

Speaking, the National Commissioner (South-South) Dr. Mustapha Lekki noted that the ceremony was in fulfillment of section 68 and 75 of the country’s Electoral Act, which mandates INEC to present a certificate of return to whomever is declared as winner of any election conducted by the commission within seven days of such declaration.

He acknowledged the contributions of INEC staff and all who played key roles in ensuring success in the Bayelsa Governorship poll, and assured Nigerians of the Commission’s commitment to improving on the performance of its functions.

Earlier in his address, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Baritor Kpagih, had congratulated the Governor-elect on his re-election and wished him well as he pilots the affairs of the state for a second term.

He lamented the dwindling revenues accruing to the state and urged the people to give the Governor and his team all the support needed to move the state forward

2 Comments

    • Abiodun Adebanjo
      January 15, 2016

      The beauty of democracy is when there is the presence of opposition to the ruling party. A one party state is not a democracy, because the people have not choice of an alternative. The presence of an opposite is necessary for the consolidation of democracy.

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    • Gesinde Alfred
      January 15, 2016

      The re-election of governor dickson is a very good development for our democracy. the president should just congratulate this man for winning the election if as he is saying he supports free and fair election.

      Reply

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