Some youths of Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa state have declared total support and re-affirmed their resolve to vote massively for Governor Henry Seriake Dickson in the re-scheduled January 9 election in the area.
The youths, represented by the presidents of the various communities in the local government area, during an enlarged meeting with Governor Dickson in the government house, Yenagoa, premised their support for him on his sincerity of purpose and sterling leadership qualities in the almost four years of the restoration government.
According to them, Dickson has proved himself as a worthy leader, whose achievements will stand the test of time, particularly in the areas of security, infrastructure development and human capacity building.
Governor Dickson urged them to mobilise their people and vote massively for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the party has already won the election, despite the fact that INEC declared it inconclusive.
In a press statement by Daniel Iwariso Markson, the chief press secretary to Governor Dickson, the governor expressed gratitude to the youths for their show of solidarity, noting that victory is not complete until the southern Ijaw election is won by the PDP, as the party represents the overall interest of the Ijaw people.
He said: "The APC is afraid of defeat that is why they decided to mar the poll with violence, in spite of that, be peaceful and conduct yourselves properly during the forthcoming poll, as all your leaders are behind the party.
"In a stakeholders meeting in Abuja, all the agencies of the government, including the security, INEC and others have agreed to conduct a peaceful election, without bias from any interested party, as the result will be determined by the use of PVC."
According to the Sylva-Igiri campaign organisation of the All Progressives Congress (APC), where the claim emanated, Dickson beat up Ogbe mercilessly following the dismal performance of PDP in the area during the governorship election.