Dickson raises alarm over security threats, INEC ‘manipulating’ 2019 election

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Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has raised the alarm over security issues and rigging plot in Nigeria ahead of the February general elections.

Dickson said there were concerns that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), official would not be impartial.

The governor made this known in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Public Affairs, Daniel Alabrah, on Monday.

The statement read: “On the elections, we have expectations and we also have concerns. Expectation that there should be fair play and fair exercise of public power and authority and that the agencies and institutions of state are able to do their job. That the people are not intimidated and harassed during the elections.

“Let me, however, alert that the signs are not too good. There are people playing politics with security – what I call the politics of insecurity and the insecurity of politics.

“It is unfortunate that sometimes people don’t have the courage to do what is right. We have political leaders who don’t give the right directives.

“We are concerned about the state of law, order and security during the elections. There is also the general concern about the impartiality of the electoral umpires and their agents.”