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Bayelsa Money For Devt, Not Election Funding – Gov Dickson

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The governor of Bayelsa state, Hon Seriake Dickson has said that Bayelsa state, under his leadership would not use public funds for electoral campaigns in whatever form, saying he would not commit Bayelsa fund to sponsor election of any party candidate.

Gov Seriake Dickson, in a statement issued by his special adviser on media relations, Mr Fidelis Soriwei, after a meeting with political appointees, leaders and candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party in Yenagoa yesterday,  stressed that Bayelsa does not have any funds that could be committed to the funding of the campaigns of party candidates.

According to him, the limited resources available in the state would be committed to the develop of state and her people.

Dickson added that the funds available in the state were not even enough to carry out the desired development of the state and would not be wasted on politicking.

He said that those in pursuit of political offices should be able to spend their money on the campaigns to actualize their objectives.

Governor Dickson, who described the forthcoming general election as critical,  charged members of the PDP to mobilize and sensitize Bayelsans to turn out en masse to vote the PDP for effective representation at all levels.

Dickson, who stressed that Bayelsa could not afford to be represented by any opposition party, urged the PDP members to move into the election with the traditional cohesion and unity for which the party is reputed in the state.

He said, “The government of Bayelsa has no money to fund elections. I wish to state without equivocation that the Restoration government under my leadership is not in the business of funding elections.

“I don’t have enough money to work with in Bayelsa. Bayelsa money must be spent on the development òf Bayelsa, not for the funding of any election matter who, and how highly placed the person could be.”

The governor said that the state government has transformed Bayelsa in all sectors in addition to the reforms in fiscal discipline, governance culture and respect for human rights irrespective of political affiliation in the last seven years of restoration.

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