Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa Governor has told the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, that he lacks adequate knowledge of who he chose as the flagbearer of the party in the forthcoming governorship election.
Dickson, who spoke during a chat with journalists in Lagos on Saturday, also dismissed Oshiomhole’s vow that the APC would take over Bayelsa State after the election.
Recall that Oshiomhole had flayed Dickson for using ‘unsophisticated language’ against his party’s governorship candidate, David Lyon.
Reacting, Dickson said: “My good friend Oshiomhole knows that the APC cannot win Bayelsa in a free and fair election. They can’t win any ward in Bayelsa. None. They have never won any election except intimidating people, manipulating electoral body. He knows that.
“He is my good friend. I disagree with his views. I believe he doesn’t know his candidate enough. But in the coming days and weeks, I believe he will get to know the person he has allowed to be the flag bearer.
“Since 2015, we have been dealing with extreme violence and abuse of power by the leadership of the party that has the centre. We expect that the elections would not be as violent as the previous ones.
“The people of Bayelsa can be trusted to vote for a candidate they believe has the experience, a candidate that they believe understands the issues, a candidate that will continue with the massive development that has come to stay in Bayelsa.”
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has urged the party’s Bayelsa governorship candidate, Mr David Lyon, to pass messages of change to the people rather than engage in hate speech.
Oshiomhole gave the advice in Abuja on Thursday at a reconciliation meeting with the party’s stakeholders and aggrieved governorship aspirants from the state.
“I also want to appeal to Lyon not to join political opponents to engage in hate speech. They will provoke you to divert from your path to distract your attention and you will be busy attacking them.
“What you need is to pass your message of change to the people of Bayelsa.
“When they concentrate on abusing you, you concentrate in mobilising the people, amplifying what they would have gotten by now which they have lost because of the leadership qualities they are lacking,” he said.
Oshiomhole also condemned what he described as gutter language used by Gov.
Seriake Dickson to describe the APC governorship candidate, over political difference.
“APC rejects and condemn in strong term the raw language unbecoming of the office of a governor, the way he has described our candidate.
“We will not go to his own level. on this occasion, we will invoke a popular statement made by Michelle Obama at the peak of the last presidential election in US when she said when they go low, we fly high.
“So when Dickson goes low, we will fly high. We will not join him in using gutter language to describe neither his office or his person, or even their candidate who is about to be defeated,” Oshiomhole said.
He said that the meeting was to build and make peace as well as working towards unity of members in order to have a united party.
Oshiomhole, who said that the party’s National Working Committee and Bayelsa APC stakeholders had a peaceful meeting, said that two aggrieved aspirants who went to court, challenging the election of Lyon had been addressed