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Bayelsa election: Stop blaming security agencies - Nabena tells Gov Dickson

- Governor Seriake Dickson's claims that security agencies compromised the Bayelsa governorship election has been dismissed

- APC deputy national publicity secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, said the governor's claims should not be taken seriously

- The APC chieftain advised the governor to concentrate on the preparation of his handover notes

The deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Yekini Nabena has berated Governor Seriake Dickson for claiming that security agencies helped the APC win the Bayelsa governorship election.

Nabena who dismissed the claims by the governor urged Nigerians to disregard the claim and not take Governor Dickson's statement seriously.

According to him, the election was free and fair and it was obvious that the people of Bayelsa state chose to embrace change.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday, November 21 in Abuja, Nabena said he understood Dickson’s frustration after his rigging plans failed.

The Bayelsa APC chieftain, however, advised the governor to concentrate on the preparation of his handover notes.

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His words: “Governor Seriake Dickson has decided to take out his frustration on security agencies, particularly the army and police following the loss of his candidate in the recent Bayelsa governorship election.

“Governor Dickson can choose to hide under his media show after the election, but he knew defeat was imminent. That is why he tried unsuccessfully to use all manner of illegal tactics to rig the election including vote-buying and violence to rig the election.”

The party deputy spokesman also thanked the APC campaign team led by Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa state for their efforts in bringing about the change in Bayelsa state.

“Our people stood firm against their long-standing oppressors to demand their freedom.

“We thank Bayelsans for their massive support for the APC governor-elect, Chief David Lyon and for their commitment to democracy,” Nabena said.

While assuring the people of Bayelsa of good governance, the APC deputy spokesman also called on the people to be vigilant in the remaining days of the outgoing governor.

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Governor Dickson had described the just concluded governorship election in the state as a military coup.

Addressing journalists in Yenagoa on Tuesday, November 19, Governor Dickson said the election was a charade and a carefully orchestrated plan to forcefully take over Bayelsa state towards entrenching a one-party system in Nigeria.

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