Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has cautioned politicians against sponsoring terrorism and other criminal acts in the country as preparations for the 2023 general elections gather momentum.
Governor Diri gave the warning at the seventy-second session of the Bayelsa State Executive Council at the Exco Chambers in Government House, Yenagoa.
The Governor, who spoke through his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, said there was a compelling need to appeal to all politicians to eschew criminality and brigandage as they go about pursuing their legitimate political ambitions.
He particularly urged the political class in the state to place the common good of the state above their personal interests.
According to the Bayelsa Chief Executive, the frequency at which the judiciary was being threatened, maligned, coerced and desecrated in the country was beyond permissible thresholds in any society.
He maintained that the brutish era when people used their might and power to acquire and exercise political power was over, and therefore, stressed the need for all political actors to play by the rules.
He also advised those who had matters pending in court, to allow the courts determine the outcome, pointing out that the courts in the state are courts of first instance, which did not preclude anybody’s right of appeal.
Governor Diri, who thanked Bayelsans for their tremendous support and cooperation so far, however, appealed to the PDP faithful in the state to shun acrimonious debates, blackmail and lies over party nominations ahead of the primaries.
He said all stakeholders should be ready to make sacrifice in the overall interest of the party when and where necessary, to move the party and the state forward