Immediate past governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Seriake Dickson, has sounded it loud and clear that nobody can intimidate him in his pursuit of the common good of the people of Bayelsa, the Ijaw Nation and Niger Delta at large.
He reiterated this at the weekend while addressing a cross section of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state, during a reception in his honour and that of Governor Douye Diri, his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo and the member representing Sagbama-Ekeremor Federal Constituency.
Senator Dickson who was speaking against the backdrop of his recent experience with men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), maintained that he cannot be intimidated.
The Bayelsa West lawmaker said the EFCC wanted some clarifications on some issues when he was in the House of Representatives which he has provided and that there is no cause for alarm.
Dickson said: “Of recent you heard the shenanigans. Let me tell you again no shaking on my side. Forget about all the blackmail. No cause for alarm. You people know me; I am not somebody that a human being who is alive and who breathes, can intimidate.
The former governor recalled his tenure in office and the many battles he fought to keep the state for the PDP, saying he has been defeating the All Progressive Congress (APC) and is prepared to support the government of Governor Douye Diri to defeat them again.
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Dickson enjoined party members in and out of government to support the Diri administration, calling for stop to all speculative stories and pettiness.
His words: “In the history of this state, they can say anything they want, they can pretend not to know, they can pretend not to hear, God gave me the singular honour and privilege of serving eight years for the first time uninterrupted. In that process, God also positioned me to defend the heartland of the Ijaw nation. This Jerusalem of the Ijaw nation never fell to the hands of the APC under my watch
“In 2015 when we lost at the federal level, people ran away in droves thinking we were finished. But God stood by us and we took our case to God and our people in every community, and we won. Again in 2019 they said my tenure was ending that they would take the state. But I knew that whoever we endorsed on ground would win the elections 100 times. They connived, conspired and thought that the story of PDP was over. Again God disappointed them.
“PDP leaders in government and out of government; let me tell you this, this government that God gave us by his grace and mercy; you people should value this government and party. All the small shenanigans and pettiness should stop. For those of you speculating, saying all kinds of rubbish, this is our government and it would remain so. So stop speculating and don’t give room for people to sow seed of discord. The other side that I defeated and would always defeat and I am prepared to support the governor to defeat them at anytime don’t open yourself up for manipulations based on greediness”.