Police Ban Protests, Rallies In Bayelsa State

Nigeria_Police_Armoured_Personnel_CarrierPolice have placed a ban on all forms of procession, rallies or demonstrations in Bayelsa State, as the result of the governorship election concluded on Sunday is being awaited. 

The State Police Command said the decision was taken after information at its disposal revealed that some disgruntled persons in the state were planning to carry out illegal demonstrations, processions and rallies.

Existing Peaceful Atmosphere

In a statement by a spokesperson for the Police in Bayelsa State, Mr Hashimu Argungu, the Police said rallies, protests and demonstrations of any kind would jeopadize the ongoing electoral process.

The command warned the intending perpetrators to desist from such acts, saying it will deal decisively with any person or group of persons who may engage in any conduct that will compromise the existing peaceful atmosphere.

It further advised the public to go about their normal businesses, as security agencies were poised to guarantee the safety of lives and property.

Collation of results is still ongoing in the Saturday election that was extended by the electoral body to Sunday to enable it hold elections in Ijaw South.


Bayelsa Election: Governor Dickson Calls For Peaceful Campaign

bayelsa governorGovernor Seriake Dickson has called on all political parties in Bayelsa State to engage in issue-based and peaceful campaigns, rather than incite people against the government of the day.

Governor Dickson made the plea during an interview with journalists and this comes as the December 5 Bayelsa State governorship election approaches.

He urged political parties to play the game according to the rules, reminding them that only one candidate would emerge at the end of the contest.

Also speaking on a wide range of issues, the Governor said that he was aware of all the political meetings taking place in the state and expressed satisfaction that there have been no incidents of harassment or violence on account of such meetings.

Governor Dickson also commented on the recent defections of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to other parties.

He condemned their action, describing it as immoral, given the fact that such members had aspired to various elective and appointive positions under the PDP platform.

However, he pointed out that he remained open to personal interactions with people who have left the party.