YOUTH GROUP CAUTIONS OSHIOMHOLE OVER DICKSON, BAYELSA ELECTION

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….. WARNS AGAINST ANY PLOT TO SABOTAGE THE ELECTORAL WILL OF BAYELSANS

TRACKING> A socio-political youth group in Bayelsa State, the Concerned Youth Forum of Tarakiri, has cautioned the APC National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, to refrain from making unguarded statements over the November 16 governorship election in the state.

In a statement made in Yenagoa on Friday through its coordinator and spokesman, Mr. Ebikebina Akpe, the Concerned Youth Forum of Tarakiri noted with concern that Oshiomhole’s outbursts on the Governor of Bayelsa State, the Honourable Henry Seriake Dickson, and his purported declaration of victory for the APC “were not only reckless, provocative and disparaging but also capable of undermining the entire electoral process and INEC’s neutrality to conduct a free, fair and credible governorship election in Bayelsa State on November 16.”

The statement added that the Forum was fully cognizant of the fact the APC was the party controlling the Federal Government at the centre, but was quick to add that it would not allow itself to be intimidated by Oshiomhole or anyone else.

“We cannot be intimidated by anyone, including Adams Oshiomhole. We want to sound a strong note of warning to whosoever that cares to listen that we will resist any attempt to sabotage or rig the forthcoming election in Bayelsa State.”

“We are equally using this medium to appeal to the federal agencies and institutions like the INEC, Police, Civil Defence, and others who are involved directly or indirectly in the electoral process to be fair, unbiased and professional in their conduct before, during and after the election, as that is the only guarantee to produce an outcome that would be acceptable and satisfactory to all stakeholders in the election”, the statement declared.

It will be recalled that the APC National Chairman, Oshiomhole, had on Thursday castigated Governor Dickson while addressing party stalwarts from the state in Abuja at a reconciliatory meeting with aggrieved APC governorship aspirants.