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Guber: Oshiomhole attacks Dickson, says Bayelsa needs change

By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja

The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on Thursday berated Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson accusing him of “gutter language” against his party’s governorship candidate, David Lyon.

Oshiomhole also expressed confidence that the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa state will be defeated, saying his party’s candidate, ‘isbetter.’

He described as ‘gutter language’ the way governor Seriaki Dickson, was quoted to have spoken against the APC governorship candidate during campaigns in the State.

The party chief spoke in Abuja at a reconciliation meeting with aggrieved aspirants and stakeholders from Bayelsa State ahead of the November 16 governorship election.

He, however called on the stakeholders to unite and ensure Dickson’s party’s candidate is defeated, adding that the State needed change having been in the hand of PDP since 1999.

“Let me use this opportunity to reply directly to my friend, Governor Dickson of Bayelsa. I think he has allowed his fears, lack of self confidence, his imminent defeat that await him and his party to over cloud his judgment as to resorting in the use of inelegant language and uncouth statement to describe one of his own and a fellow citizen of Bayelsa,” Oshiomhole said.

He appealed to those who participated and those who could not participate at the primary election to see reasons to embrace peace ahead of the governorship election.

He lamented that APC has been in opposition for a long time and PDP has dominated Bayelsa politics since 1999, Oshiomhole said the people of the state now desire a change.

He said, “When a governor describes one of his own purely on the account of his political differences, using name of terrorists and such things like that, then he has missed it already.

“And I can understand his fears, if people who go to borrow lebels and assume that they are the leaders of the Ijaws and that they are the lions, when they see the real and authentic lion, they ate sure to be afraid.

“So APC rejects and condemn in strong term the raw language unbecoming of a governor, by a man I otherwise admired, the way he has describe our candidate.

“We will not come 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.

“We recognize he has a right to be selected by his party, we believe our candidate is better than his candidate and we believe he will provide, better, popular-driven, people-oriented governance, not elitist governance for the people of Bayelsa state.”

On why more educated people don’t govern the people, Oshiomhole said, “That is why around the world, I don’t know if you know how many professors have govern America, Britian, France and Israel or any of the democracies?

“It is the extent to which you can connect to the ordinary person, you share their vision and pain, you grow from the community and have been as an ordinary person as them.

“Therefore, they don’t need to tell you what their problems are, because you have lived through those problems with them and i think those are the qualities of our candidate which is invoking fears into the heart of my friend, Dickson.

“Let me assure him (Dickson), we will not go low as he has chosen to go but we will rather go high and higher until he packs out of government house and handover decently like a gentleman to our candidate, by the special grace of God, the next governor of Bayelsa state, David Lyon.”

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