The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has stated that the All Progressives Congress, APC, does not pose a threat to his re-election.
Mr. Dickson stated this on Saturday while addressing journalists at the 2015 Ojude Oba Festival in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, where he was a special guest of honour.
Accompanied by ex-Bayelsa governor, Diepreiye Alamieyeseigha, the governor urged Nigerians to discountenance the criticisms and allegations against his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, by APC chieftains.
“For all of us in Bayelsa, we know there is no challenge, contest or threat of any kind. All you have heard or read about us is all propaganda. There is no APC in Bayelsa to threaten us,” he said.
The Bayelsa governor is expected to be challenged by an APC candidate in teh forthcoming BAyelsa governorship poll. The APC recently cancelled its primary which produced Timipre Sylva as candidate and has said it would conduct a fresh primary.
Mr. Dickson, whose late mother was from Ijebu-Ode, also spoke on the Ojude Oba festival. He commended the organisers for the huge investment in promotion of culture and advised parents to always teach their children about culture and tradition, saying such would help in fostering development and nation-building.
“I’m not here today for politics, I’m here to honour our father and also to celebrate with my friends here and others in the regberegbes, particularly my own group, the Jagunmolus, and all the people of our country from far and near.
“I am very delighted with the colourful cultural display that I have seen here today. This is what we have been preaching back then, we want our children to know about our tradition and culture and to make them know that our tradition still has dignity.”
In his speech, the Awujale of Ijebuland, Sikiru Adetona, said the Ijebu people are proud of their root and culture.
The royal father challenged those holding political offices to fulfil their electoral promises and be accountable to the people. He also expressed optimism that the Muhammadu Buhari administration would succeed.
“I think we are now having a change. That change we look forward to and we are very optimistic will give a new foundation to build Nigeria.
” And it is my hope that those who gave us promises would fulfil the promises, so that we can get out of the woods,” the Awujale stated.